About the KBH Energy Center
Texas is the largest oil, gas, and wind power producer in the U.S. Nearly 30% of the nation’s proved natural gas reserves are in Texas. It contains one-fourth of the nation’s refining capacity, 40% of the country’s chemical production capacity, and utilizes an independent electricity grid that serves 24 million people. The state has more than 13,000 megawatts of installed wind capacity. Texas solar power potential is also among the nation’s highest, representing one-fifth of the U.S. total. Texas has an abundance of biomass energy resources, and the energy sector is one of the most important employers in the state.
The Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business (KBH Energy Center) mission is to be the pre-eminent energy center at the intersection of energy, policy, law and business. As a joint endeavor of the University of Texas School of Law and the McCombs School of Business, the KBH Center will achieve this mission by leveraging the resources and talents of the two schools and by collaborating with the many other schools, centers and areas of study that comprise the unparalleled collection of energy-related talent, expertise and knowledge at the University of Texas. The Center will:
- Strengthen the business and legal education of future leaders in the energy industry
- Convene leaders and experts for discussion, study and analysis of the business, economic and legal issues surrounding the production, transportation, distribution, and consumption of energy
- Create professional networks for effective collaboration among energy professionals, scholars, and government officials, and connect University of Texas students to such networks
Premier Classroom Experience
The School of Law and the McCombs School of Business offer a number of innovative courses designed to prepare students to succeed in the energy center. A key component of the curriculum is the opportunity to work alongside distinguished faculty and graduate students from other disciplines. Interdisciplinary courses co-taught by professors from the schools of law, business, geosciences, engineering, and marine sciences are offered every semester.
The KBH Energy Center hosts distinguished lectures, conferences, and symposia related to energy.