UT Energy Bulletin | April 2022

Energy@UT News

Energy Futures Dashboard Report Release 

Dr. Carey W. King and research collaborators released a report detailing the impact of renewable electricity mixes on residential electricity costs, land-use, and carbon emissions via the Energy Futures Dashboard. Learn about the dynamic tool and projected energy mixes for multiple regions in the US.

Read the Demonstration of Energy Futures Dashboard Report
Genesis UT Call for Innovation

UT students who are interested in real world experience in STEM and mentorship can apply for thousands of dollars in investment funding for innovative technology projects. At least one team member must be a UT-Austin student at any degree of study.  

Read More & Apply Here
Application Deadline: May 1, 2022
UT-SwRI Energize Program – Request for Proposals 

The Southwest Research Institute is collaborating with UT-Austin to provide research funding opportunities for topics related to energy, decarbonization and climate security. The opportunity is open to all UT-Austin faculty/staff with PI status.

Details Here
Proposal Deadline: June 1, 2022 
Highlights: Planet Texas 2050 Research Symposium

Planet Texas 2050 hosted its spring research symposium “Resilience Research in Action” earlier this month at The University of Texas at Austin. This weeklong series of presentations covered a broad array of topics related to resilience, including mapping and predicting vulnerabilities to flooding and disease; ideas for improving our water, agricultural, and energy systems; and communicating and collaborating with various stakeholders and communities. 
Energy AI 2022 Second Annual Hackathon Winners 
On March 25-27, Professors John Foster Michael Pyrcz hosted almost 100 students who formed 20 teams to tackle a very tough energy data analytics & machine learning challenge. The top four teams took home cash prizes for their valiant efforts. The top two teams (HackBros and Energy Challengers) will travel to Dallas to present to sponsors ComboCurve and Pioneer. 
Learn about the Hackathon
News from Around Campus
  • Jackson School of Geosciences | Center for International Energy & Environmental Policy: Director Jorge Piñon speaks on a growing crisis, "Cuba’s current fuel challenge is as a result of low refinery production and their inability to purchase (with cash) gasoline and diesel in the international oil markets to supplement their Venezuelan oil deliveries, due to high oil prices." Read more about the issue: Reuters 
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison Energy Center for Business, Law and Policy: Professor John Butler speaks on the recent merger of two energy-focused centers at The University of Texas at Austin. Read about the partnership: UT News 
  • Jackson School of Geosciences: Professor Camille Parmesan, lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, writes about detailed climate change threats to cities, farms, and coastlines. Read more: New York Times 
  • Cockrell School | LBJ School | School of Law | Energy Institute: Professor Benjamin Leibowicz published a paper in Energy Policy that “brings needed policy realism to energy system modeling and reminds us that achieving deep decarbonization will require further policy innovation.” The research behind the paper was supported as part of the Fueling a Sustainable Energy Transition initiative. Read more about the research: UT News 
  • Jackson School of Geosciences: Professor Zong-Liang Yang partners with team at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to publish research about “flash drought” phenomena and links to climate change. Read about their discoveries: UT News 
  • Energy Institute: Researcher Dr. Carey King helps clarify information about the lifetime carbon footprint of wind turbines in the context of claims by a GOP senate candidate. Read Dr. King’s expert statements: Politifact 
  • Jackson School of Geosciences | Bureau of Economic Geology: Professor Daniel Trugman and his research collaborator from the US Geological Survey authored a research paper finding the vast majority of seismicity in Texas since 2000 was likely triggered by increased wastewater disposal from drilling activities. Read more about the findings here: Texas Tribune
Upcoming Events

May 3: Accelerating the Energy Transition
On campus in Mulva Auditorium, EER 0.904, or streaming, 12:30-1:30pm CT

Presented with guest speaker John Berger, CEO, Sunnova
Event Details


Understand and Manage Methane Series 

June 21-22: Part One 

June 23-24: Part Two 

This virtual course series gives participants an overview of the history of methane and the role of natural gas supply chains in global energy systems. Part Two of the course takes a deeper dive into technical aspects, such as methane certification, quantification and mitigation. Courses taught by world-renowned energy specialists, Professors David Allen and Michael Webber.  
Course Details

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