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Thu, Aug 31


Virtual Event

Global Energy Trends and Transitions

Join us Thursday, August 31, at Austin Energy Headquarters for a presentation and networking event on Global Energy Trends and Transitions!

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Global Energy Trends and Transitions
Global Energy Trends and Transitions

Time & Location

Aug 31, 2023, 6:15 PM – 7:45 PM

Virtual Event

About the event

This event was made possible by the generous support, hosting and planning efforts of Austin Energy!

The worldwide energy sector is going through dramatic shifts in energy demand, end-uses, and sources. Population growth and economic growth are driving up total demand. Industrialization, urbanization, electrification and motorization are changing how we use energy. And a policy push for domestic, low-carbon and renewable fuels is changing our sources of energy. At the same time, we are entering an era where markets, technologies and policies are enabling dramatic increases in U.S. production of oil, gas, wind, solar and bioenergy that is affecting global economies, the environment, and our national security posture. In parallel, our energy and information sectors are merging to form smarter energy systems and more energy-intensive information systems. For this talk, Dr. Webber will give an entertaining and big-picture overview of global energy trends mixed in with humorous anecdotes, historical snippets, and unexpected examples that will give a surprising look into the future of energy.

Join us early for an extraordinary performance featuring the talented Austin local and Austin Energy team member, Amy Atchley, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Enjoy complimentary Torchy's Tacos while they last, and claim your very own exclusive "Electric > Gas" t-shirt – available to the first 75 attendees! Stick around until the end for an exciting opportunity to win an exclusive SXSW 2024 badge by asking the most thought-provoking question of the event!

Event Details Agenda

Catering provided for in-person attendees from 5:00-6:00pm

5:00-6:00pm - Networking and Performances (In-person only)

6:15-7:30pm - Presentation (In-person and online)

7:30-7:45pm - Q&A (In-person and online)

8:00-10:00pm - Networking at BD Riley's at Mueller (In-person only)


This is a hybrid event that will take place in-person and virtually via Webex.

In-person Location: Austin Energy Headquarters, 4815 Mueller Blvd, Austin, TX 78723

Parking Instructions:

  1. Open parking for all guests at Austin Energy HQ until 8:30pm
  2. After the event guests must move to street parking, or park at Aldrich Garage at $1 per hour. Info here.
  3. No cars can be left in Aldrich Garage or at Austin Energy HQ overnight
Registration and Attendance Instructions

All participants must register for this event via Eventbrite.


Join us at the Austin Energy Headquarters, 4815 Mueller Blvd, Austin, TX 78723. In-person attendees, please join us from 5:00 to 6:00 for networking and food. We look forward to chatting with you face-to-face!

In-person attendees will also receive all the Webex information in case for any reason you decide to attend virtually instead. Virtual attendance details can be found below.

Online via Webex

You will receive the direct Webex link to join the event in a separate email before the event.


Dr. Michael E. Webber, Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources, department of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin & CTO, Energy Impact Partners

Dr. Michael E. Webber is the Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources in the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and CTO of Energy Impact Partners, a $3 billion cleantech venture fund. From September 2018 to August 2021, Webber was based in Paris, France where he served as the Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, a global energy & infrastructure services company with 170,000 employees worldwide.

Webber’s expertise spans research and education at the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization on topics related to innovation, energy, and the environment. His book Power Trip: the Story of Energy was published in 2019 by Basic Books with an award-winning 6-part companion series that aired on PBS, Amazon Prime and AppleTV starting Earth Day 2020. The series had more than 7000 broadcasts in the United States and has been distributed in dozens of countries, ultimately reaching millions of viewers. He was selected as a Fellow of ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and as a member of the 4th class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars, which is a leadership training program organized by Presidents George W. Bush and William J. Clinton. Webber has authored four full-length general interest books, created two interactive textbooks, written more than 500 publications, and been awarded 6 patents.

He serves on the advisory board for Scientific American and GTI Energy (an industry consortium formerly known as the Gas Technology Institute). A successful entrepreneur, Webber was one of three founders in 2015 for an educational technology startup, DISCO Learning Media, which was acquired in 2018.  Webber holds a B.S. and B.A. from UT Austin, and M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.  He was honored as an American Fellow of the German Marshall Fund and an AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow on four separate occasions by the University of Texas for exceptional teaching.

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