• Austin Electricity Conference

    Resource Adequacy was the theme of the 3rd annual conference held on 18-19 April, 2013 ... Read More
  • UT Energy Symposium

    Invited weekly speaker series that brings all of UT to discuss global energy issues ... Read More
  • EST Student at the UN

    EST Group researcher Pimjai worked on the Low Carbon Green Growth Road Map at the United Nations.
  • Low-Carbon Technologies

    EST group director, Varun Rai, visited Beijing and BaoDing City in China to teach on low-carbon technology transfer issues.

  • Students With Industry Leaders

    Energy Institute and EST Group dinner with David Crane, President and CEO of NRG Energy.

The EST Group @ UT Austin

We study the political and economic drivers of large-scale transformations in energy systems. Our goal is to produce policy insights that would enable energy-system transformations in socially optimal ways. Strongly guided by real world energy issues, our research spans a wide range of topics including: diffusion of solar photovoltaic systems, unconventional oil and gas production, carbon capture and storage, climate change policy, energy subsidies, and electricity reforms. We employ both quantitative and qualitative methods for conducting our research.

The EST Group is housed in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and are affiliated with several research bodies on campus including the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy (CIEEP) and the Energy Institute.



We study consumer behavior and diffusion of electricity-related consumer technologies.

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We focus on market transformation to enable rapid deployment of renewable-energy technologies.

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Oil & Gas

We are desiging effective regulatory structures for hydrocarbons production in frontier areas.

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