90 Degree Turn: New Challenges and Opportunities in Horizontal Drilling

North American Shale Gas stole energy headlines again in 2012 as the most dynamic energy frontier. In this workshop, hear from leading energy experts about the changing face of the industry as Baker Botts leads a discussion on new legal, financial, and technical hurdles likely to shape the industry in 2013.


  • Jim Barkley, Partner, Baker Botts (Moderator)
  • Omar Garcia, President & CEO, South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable (STEER)
  • Kane Heinen, Murphy Exploration & Production Co.
  • Quincy Jones, Senior Director, FTI Consulting Inc.
  • Bill Kroger, Partner, Baker Botts



Building the Clean Energy Corridor

Stakeholders from municipalities along the I35 corridor will meet to discuss the mission of building a cohesive, clean energy business community in Central Texas. Hosted by the CleanTX Foundation, this workshop will explore strategies and the 2013 agenda for promoting economic development in Central Texas through clean energy .


  • John King, Executive Director, CleanTX Foundation



Methods and Tools for Energy Research

Academics and practitioners interested in understanding today’s energy systems are constantly challenged by a need to determine what tools are required to evaluate complex problems, often involving huge amounts of data. This workshop will guide young researchers and professionals through the techniques, software tools, and methodological approaches most common in modern energy research.


  • Jay Zarnikau, Frontier Associates (moderator)
  • David Kendrick, Ralph W. Yarborough Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Michael Plante, Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Steven M. Weise, Principal, Clean Energy Associates



Entrepreneurship in Clean Energy

During this workshop, Mitch Jacobson and Dr. Michael Webber (co-Directors of the Clean Energy Incubator) will share some opening remarks about innovation and entrepreneurship in the clean energy sector. They will pull from recent examples of successful (and non-succesful) clean energy startups, along with funding trends, obstacles, and barriers. They will also identify opportunities that they think are particularly promising, and will provide some local perspective within a global context.


  •  Mitch Jacobson and Michael Webber, Co-Directors, ATI Clean Energy Incubator



Influencing and Measuring an Individual’s Impact on Energy Use – How Faculty, Students, and Staff Can Help the University of Texas Meet the 2020 Goal

The University of Texas Energy Stewardship Program (ESP) was created as an active part of meeting the goals set by the President’s Sustainability Steering Committee (PSSC) to reduce both energy and water consumption by 20 percent by the year 2020.  The mission of the ESP is to create a campus-wide culture of resource conservation among the building occupants and to provide measurable results for the university. Join the ESP staff during this workshop to explore creative strategies for achieving the university’s energy use goals.


  • Amanda Berens, Matt Stevens, Meagan Jones, and Stephanie Perrone, Technical Staff Associates/Energy and Resource Stewards, UT Facilities Maintenance



Student Leadership in Campus Energy Education

Energy research and education often crosses traditional academic boundaries. Join the leaders of energy clubs across campus for this discussion on the future of multi-disciplinary energy education.


  • Longhorn Energy Club