News Category: energy

Dark Tower Symbolizes Energy Efficiency

April 22, 2019

To highlight the university’s commitment to energy conservation, the UT Tower will be dark the night of Monday, April 22 as the world celebrates Earth Day.

Only the clock faces and aircraft warning lights will be illuminated, and all window shades will be closed.

Cooler heads will prevail—thanks to thermal energy storage

Dec. 21, 2018

A successful district energy system is one that constantly strives for efficiency and optimization. Through the use of thermal energy storage (TES), we have a solution that satisfies both of those needs.

UT's Energy District Named System of the Year

Aug. 7, 2018

In June, The University of Texas at Austin brought home 2018 System of the Year honors from the International District Energy Association (IDEA) 109th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver, British Columbia. Announcing the award, IDEA stated that, “The University of Texas at Austin has earned the distinction among its peers as the most efficient university utility in the U.S.”

In the News: Powering the Forty Acres

June 28, 2018

The Alcalde looks at how natural gas powers UT Austin since the university has its own award-winning and efficient Hal Weaver Power Plant.

Dark Tower for Earth Month

April 18, 2018

To highlight the campus commitment to energy conservation, The University of Texas’ iconic Tower will not be bathed in light from dusk to dawn on April 18. Instead, it will be dark.

In the News: Longhorn Lights Out Save Energy on Campus

April 1, 2018

UT students might be conscious of their own energy consumption, but one group aims to give students a first-person perspective on how much energy UT buildings use. On Friday, Longhorn Lights Out hosted their monthly “Join the Dark Side” event in which groups of students turn off lights and other unnecessary electronics in buildings across campus.

Students Step Up for a Greener Future

Feb. 24, 2018

This month, a team of nine students from across campus, in partnership with the university, hosted the inaugural Energy Olympiad — a research grand challenge that brings young inventors together with entrepreneurs to find better ways to promote sustainability.

DOE selects UT Austin for Energy Grid Project

June 20, 2017

The Department of Energy has selected the Center for Electromechanics (CEM) in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin to lead a new $1.6 million project to develop the technology needed to bring the reliable and efficient emerging electrical grid to rural parts of Texas and the nation.

Focus on Energy and Sustainability at McCombs

March 20, 2017

John C. Butler, academic director of the Energy Management and Innovation Center, associate director of the Center for Energy Finance Education and Research, and a clinical associate professor of Finance discusses new energy initiatives and trends at McCombs: "None us can ignore what's going on in sustainability. Traditionally we think about firms maximizing shareholder value. There are some people who say we need to change this system that underlies capitalism. I think that if shareholders start to value other things than pure profit or return, companies will have to adapt."

New Energy Portal Goes Live

March 1, 2017

UT Austin’s Utility and Energy Management (UEM) division recently launched an energy portal that could potentially save the university hundreds of thousands of dollars.