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

Finally Some Good News for Natural Gas Producers in Texas

After a tumultuous year, things are beginning to look up for natural gas producers, particularly in Texas. As previously reported, Texas producers have been among the hardest hit by the recent decline in gas prices, which reached a low of just $1.66 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) earlier this year, down from $6.00 in… Full Story

New York Throws Struggling Nuclear Generators a Lifeline, but Their Long-Term Survival Remains Uncertain

Nuclear generators in New York are breathing a collective sigh of relief this week after the state Public Service Commission (PSC) on Monday approved a new Clean Energy Standard (CES), providing nearly $500 million in annual subsidies for generating facilities experiencing financial difficulties. Continued operation of nuclear facilities is seen as vital to achieve the… Full Story

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

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