Recent News:

March 7, 2014 – The University of Texas at Austin presents a discussion with Canada’s Ambassador to the U.S., H.E. Gary Doer, on the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the current debate regarding the Keystone XL pipeline. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend this free event on Friday March 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM at the Student Activities Center (SAC) Rm. 2.120.

February 6, 2014 – US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visits UT Austin
Energy Secretary Commends UT Austin for Fostering Energy Research

December 20, 2013 – Piñon Interview Feature: Voice of America Foro Interamericano program,
Voice of America Foro Interamericano, Jorge R. Piñon

Voice of America (VOA) is the official external broadcast institution of the United States government. VOA provides a wide range of programming for broadcast on radio, TV and the internet outside of the U.S., in 43 languages to an estimated global audience of 123 million people; including Spanish to over fifteen countries in Latin America through Voz de America’s “Foro Interamericano” a news analysis program hosted by Patricia Dalmasy

December 19, 2013 – Piñon Interview Feature: Oil and Gas Journal Mexico to temper expectations as it implements energy reforms


Upcoming Latin American Events:


Latin America Energy Lecture Series – Spring 2014 – Announced Soon –


UT Energy Symposium Series – Schedule of Speakers, Spring 2014 – Announced Soon –

The UT ES will act as a “convener” for the campus community, serving to unite students interested in energy issues with faculty and others in the search of sustainable energy security.

Each session of the UT ES will be video recorded and the recordings, along with presentation slides, will be posted on the Energy Institute’s Web site following completion of the sessions.

The symposium will be held in the Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302) from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the ACES Connector Lobby at 4:45 p.m., followed by a 45-minute presentation and a 15-minute Q&A session.


Past Events:

May 31, 2013 – Piñon: NPR’s Market Place Market Report, Trinidad and Tobago,
NPR Market Place Report featuring Jorge R. Piñon, CIEEP

April 11, 2013 – Energy Opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean, Washington, D.C.,

UT CIEEP Testimony

Energy Opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean

Jorge R. Piñon, House Testimony, April 11, 2013


March 3-5, 2013 – Latin American Forum VIII, Austin, Texas

The Latin American Forum is a unique program that addresses a critical need to bring together government and industry decision makers, scholars and scientists, to foster dialogue around energy and environmental issues. The friendships and partnerships being formed by participants will, if properly maintained, impact our future ability to educate students, transfer knowledge, and make a difference for our hemisphere.

Latin American Forum

December 20, 2012 – Opportunities and Recent Developments in Guyana’s Energy Market –

A roundtable discussion with the Guyana Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Hon. Robert M. Persaud.

Jorge Piñon, Associate Director of the Latin America and Caribbean Program at the University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences, will also discuss investing in Latin America’s energy sector and provide an analysis of the associated risks. This complimentary event will take place on December 20, 2012 from 8:30 am to 10:30am. The program will be held at Baker & McKenzie’s New York office.

According to the 2012 United States Geological Survey Assessment of Undiscovered Conventional Oil and Gas Resources of South America and The Caribbean, the Guyana-Suriname Basin has the second largest undiscovered oil reserves in Latin America after Brazil. The USGS assessment reflects a mean total of undiscovered reserves in South America and Caribbean at 125,900 MMBO. Among the international oil companies doing development work in the Guyana-Suriname Basin today are Repsol, Exxon, Tullow, Anadarko, Chevron, Shell, Total and CGX.

Guyana Map

November 28-30, 2012 – CCAA 36th Annual Conference – Caribbean and Central America