Welcome to the KBH Energy Center

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business is an  interdisciplinary academic center created by the School of Law and the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. The mission of the KBH Energy Center is to provide the finest educational opportunities in the United States to students wishing to pursue careers in energy and to serve as a nexus for incisive, unbiased, and relevant research and conferences for policymakers around the world, with special focus on Latin America. Download our brochure. The Center's first annual report highlights our activities during the academic year 2014-15. The July 2016 issue of our newsletter focuses on the Center's energy initiatives in Mexico, Argentina, and Chile.

From the KBH Energy Center Blog

Electricity Markets $64,000 Question

Each summer, I have the good fortune of being able to teach a class in Edinburgh, Scotland, where I am as I write this.  Today, I turned on the BBC equivalent of C-SPAN to find the UK Energy Minister, Andrea Leadsom, testifying before a parliamentary committee about the very same question that plagues American electricity… Full Story

Colorado Supreme Court Strikes Down Local Fracking Bans

(This post is co-authored with Janani Srinivasan, UT LLM ’15) Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Colorado struck down local bans on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the cities of Longmont and Fort Collins, north of Denver. The city bans were imposed in response to growing public concern over the potential health impacts of fracking, which involves… Full Story

What’s in a Name? Seeking to Increase Transparency, Sunset Review Advocates Renaming the Texas Railroad Commission, But Other Reforms May Have Greater Success

Texas’ oldest regulatory agency, the Railroad Commission (RRC), celebrated its 125th birthday last month. Despite its long history of energy sector regulation, the RRC remains a mystery to most Texans. Ask the average citizen what the RRC does and they’ll likely reply “it regulates railroads, of course.” At one time, they would have been right…. Full Story

India Invites Texas Energy Companies to Invest in its Shale Market

(This post is co-authored with Janani Srinivasan, UT LLM ’15) Last May, India’s Petroleum & Natural Gas Ministry announced plans to expand the country’s hydrocarbon production by commencing commercial drilling for shale oil and gas resources. Developing shale resources will require use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), whereby fluid is injected underground at high pressure to fracture… Full Story

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