AUSTIN, Texas – Energy industry leaders and experts representing varying interests and perspectives have gathered on the UT campus to kick off UT Energy Week, an annual conference designed to explore vital energy issues facing society.

The conference provides a platform for experts from academia, industry, government and regulatory agencies, and nonprofit organizations to share insights on the latest trends and technologies. Thomas F. Edgar, director of the Energy Institute and a co-host of the event, said that this year’s conference covers a variety of energy sources and reinforces the importance of having a balanced energy portfolio.

--Conference Schedule:--
• Tuesday, Jan. 30: Experts will examine challenges facing the integration of ridesharing, self-driving cars and vehicle electrification into existing transportation infrastructure. Another panel discusses the market dynamics that could allow for mass adoption of electric vehicles.
• Wednesday, Jan. 31: Panelists examine the future of natural gas as a global commodity, innovation in the oil and gas industry, and evolving energy geopolitics.

--More information:--
Email Gary Rasp, Communications Director for UT Austin, at or contact his office at 512-585-2084.
• Visit the UT Energy Week website
• UT Energy Week is free for students, faculty members and staffers at UT Austin, but registration is required. 

The event, now in its fourth year, is held in the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center across the street from Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium.