Energy Institute relocates to UT-Austin (updated)

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The Houston Business Journal reports that the University of Houston’s Institute for Energy, Law and Enterprise — frequently referred to simply as the Energy Institute — has left the energy capital of the world and UH for Austin:

The University of Houston has lost a leading energy expert and her research team to the University of Texas at Austin.

Michelle Michot Foss, who directed the Institute for Energy, Law and Enterprise at UH’s Law Center, has joined the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences.

Foss’ group will be re-named the Center for Energy Economics.

In 2002, Foss and her research team moved from UH’s Bauer College of Business, where the program was initiated in the 1990s, to the Law Center.

Key project areas of the group include research on North American natural gas supply-demand balances, including the expansion of the liquefied natural gas industry and energy restructuring in the U.S. and abroad.

It boggles the mind how the University of Houston and industry affiliates let such a program leave this city, but we wish Dr. Foss and crew well.

RELATED: Center for Energy Economics.

CLARIFICATION: J.B. Bird, Communications Director of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin, informs in the comments that Dr. Foss and crew will remain in Houston, but will now be affiliated with UT. The linked Houston Business Journal article now states that the Institute will remain in Sugar Land, but the excerpt from earlier did not include that information (the story appears to have been updated). That’s excellent for Houston, excellent for the University of Texas, and a loss for the University of Houston.

UPDATE: Another commenter points out that the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business Administration retains its Global Energy Management Institute, which will no longer have to compete with a similar institute within the same university.

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