Energy experts from industry, academia, government and regulatory agencies, and non-profit organizations will gather on The University of Texas at Austin campus Feb. 4 – 8, 2019 to discuss some of the most vital energy issues facing society.
The conference, now in its fifth year, is organized by the student-run Longhorn Energy Club in collaboration with the university’s Energy Institute, and is supported by the KBH Center for Energy, Law & Business and the McCombs Energy Initiative, along with schools and colleges engaged in energy-related research across the UT campus. In addition to panels and presentations covering a wide range of vital energy topics, the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law will host two days of continuing education courses during the weeklong event.
Matthew Haley, president of the Longhorn Energy Club, said UT Energy Week gives students a rare opportunity to interact with leading experts representing a variety of viewpoints and perspectives.
“This is a terrific forum for students to learn from people who are at the forefront of important energy issues,” Haley said, adding that the event also allows students to showcase their research in a poster competition.
Energy Institute Director Varun Rai said the conference is an example of the spirt of collaboration that is vital to solving complex energy problems.
“I want to thank our students for their outstanding effort in putting together this excellent program, and to our faculty across the UT campus in contributing as mentors, advisors, and speakers,” Rai said.
“UT Energy Week is an exemplar of the breadth and depth of energy expertise and research excellence at UT Austin, while also providing a platform for the energy leaders of tomorrow,” he added.
The 2019 program includes expert panels on a wide range of issues – pathways to a decarbonized economy and political consensus on carbon pricing; market design options for resource adequacy and energy storage; trends in sustainable building design and the tipping point mass adoption of electric vehicles; and more. Scott Tinker, director of UT’s Bureau of Economic Geology, will deliver a keynote address on Monday, Feb. 4 titled “The Impact of Energy Poverty on the Global Energy Transition.”
This year’s conference also will feature a research poster competition for students studying energy and tours of energy-related research facilities, including UT’s renowned power plant and micro-grid system.