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UH Energy brings critical issues in energy to the Houston community in our annual symposium series. We invite leading experts in academia, government and industry to participate in a panel discussion, hosted four times annually. For more information on upcoming symposia, explore the sections below.


Permian & Peak Demand: Death of OPEC?

Permian & Peak Demand

The world of oil and gas is changing. On the supply side, the rebound in production from the Permian has transformed the geopolitical pressures and has raised the question if OPEC has any ability to control prices. With the projected transformation of the transportation fleet to electrical systems, does the idea of "lower for longer" have validity? These are some of the questions that will be addressed at the symposium on November 16, 2017 at the University of Houston. Details on the speaker panel will be provided closer to the event date. Watch the teaser video [right] for more information on the topic.


By the Numbers

  • 5thAnnual Symposium Series
  • 2,031Number of Attendees for the 2016-2017 Energy Symposium Series
  • LIVENow Hosted on Facebook Live
  • 17Number of Topics Covered
  • 60Guest Panelists
  • 4,000+YouTube Hits
  • MEDIASupported by the Houston Chronicle and Houston Public Media

Watch Past Events

  • 09.21.2017 | Electric Power: Going Off the Grid

    UH Energy hosted a provocative panel discussion on the challenges facing the grid. Guest panelists included William John Berger, CEO of Sunnova Energy Corporation; Joel L. Mickey, senior director of Wholesale Market Design & Operations for ERCOT; Heather Payne, assistant director and fellow of the Law Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics at the University of North Carolina, and Ed Hirs, lecturer for the Department of Economics at the University of Houston. Moderating the symposium was Victor Flatt, Dwight Olds Chair in Law for the Law Center at the University of Houston.

  • 03.31.2017 | The Future of Energy Policy

    The final UH Energy symposium of the 2016-2017 series covered the timely and concerning topic “The Future of Energy Policy,” held on March 31 at the UH Law Center. Guest speakers outlined and deliberated the developing policy under the current administration. Contributing to the discussion were Commissioner Wayne Christian from Railroad Commission of Texas; H. Russell Frisby Jr., a partner at Stinson Leonard Street; Congressman Gene Green, representing the 29th District of Texas; and Congressman Pete Olson, representative 22nd District of Texas. Jim Granato, executive director of the Hobby School of Public Affairs, moderated the conversation.

  • 02.15.2017 | Going Nuclear: Risk, Odds and Potential

    The third installment in the 2016-2017 Energy Symposium Series confronted the long-debated issue “Going Nuclear: Risk, Odds and Potential” on February 15 at the Student Center. The well-balanced panel consisted of Armond Cohen, the Executive Director of the Clean Air Task Force; Shirley Ho, professor and Assistant Chair at Nanyang Technological University; Mark Jacobson, Director of the atmosphere and energy program of Stanford University; and Jessica Lovering, Director of Energy at the Breakthrough Institute. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Deputy Director of the Clean Energy Program at Third Way, moderated the event.

UH Energy hosted a provocative panel discussion addressing the challenges facing the grid and the opportunities to improve grid resilience through data analytics, renewables, and business and regulatory policy.

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