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TCU Energy Institute Launching New Initiative on Energy Poverty

The TCU Energy Institute’s mission is to promote energy research and knowledge about the energy industry, management, and related technologies through an integrated approach to examine the future of energy resources. This fall, the institute started an initiative on energy poverty led by Richard Denne, Hunter Enis Endowed Chair in Petroleum Geology and Director of the TCU Energy Institute.

Worldwide 800 million people still lack access to electricity of any kind, many of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly three billion people rely on soot-producing fuels for cooking and warmth, compromising children’s respiratory systems and forcing women to spend much of their day harvesting fuel. Although most Americans have access to the electrical grid, energy-poor households spend as much as three times more than the average household on their energy bills, and may have to choose between buying necessities like food and medicine versus paying their utility bills. These issues of energy access, clean cooking, and energy burden have only worsened with the COVID-19 pandemic.

This school year the Ken W. Davis Jr. Leaders in Energy Speaker Series will be used to spread awareness about energy poverty by featuring energy experts who focus on energy poverty.We encourage you to learn more about this global issue by joining the TCU Energy Institute at our virtual Energy Poverty Forum, and encourage others to become involved.

The institute works with several groups within the TCU community. The TCU Energy Club is an undergraduate club affiliated with the institute that provides opportunities for students to learn from and network with energy professionals, as well as attend field trips to energy-related facilities. The TCU Core Facility holds a large number of industry rock cores from many of the major unconventional hydrocarbon plays, and offers facilities and lab equipment for faculty, students, and industry partners to conduct research on the cores. The institute also works closely with the Energy MBA program in TCU Neeley School of Business.

TCU Energy Institute, part of the College of Science & Engineering, is located on the first floor of Rees-Jones Hall, Suite 105, on the campus of Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.

A brief history: The rapid and unexpected discovery of domestic oil and gas – particularly in Texas – has led to unique opportunities within the state’s energy industry over the past few decades. As a proactive response to these opportunities, TCU created the Energy Institute. Since 2007, TCU Energy Institute has promoted energy research and knowledge about the energy industry, energy management, and energy-related technology through an integrated approach, providing a unique opportunity for students, faculty, professionals, and industry partners to examine the future of energy resources.

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