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2014 Texas Renewables Conference
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Mark your calendars!           The 2014 Texas Renewables Conference takes place Nov 3 - 6 in Dallas at the Sheraton Hotel. This year marks TREIA's 30th anniversary with organizing the conference.   In addition to an impressive line up of speakers, conference attendees can tour three unique projects with renewable energy installations:   - ONCOR - PV & Experience Center - El Centro Community College - Wind Energy System - LBJ

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Workshop – How Sustainable is the Texas Coast?
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The Shell Center for Sustainability presents "How Sustainable is the Texas Coast? Are we in a 'state of denial'?" A workshop that presents the most recent scientific data modeled by a team of multidisciplinary researchers working together to measure what these effects will mean to us.   Our dynamic coastline is changing faster than ever before. Changes are visible over the last 50, 30 and even 10 years. The environmental, social and economic

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Lecture – Delivering Renewable Energy from the Built Environment
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The University of Houston is hosting a lecture on renewable energy and the built environment. Professor Dave Worsley from Swansea University in Wales, UK will be the guest speaker.   Professor Worsley heads the SPECIFIC project at Swansea's College of Engineering, where he is developing coatings that allow buildings to capture, store and release energy, turning buildings into power stations. Prof. Worsley is part of a delegation of more than

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Solar Energy Workshop – Solar Demo, Tutorial & Roof Tour

For the first time in HREG’s history, we are producing a month-long series of solar energy workshops concurrent with the Virtual Solar Tour in October.   All workshops are free, open to the public and will be held at IKEA Houston.     Topics to be addressed by field experts include tax implications, costs, community solar, and sustainable design. Workshops will be available during the day and evening, and the Houston Community College’s renewable

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HREG Leadership Meeting
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The HREG leadership team meets on the first Tuesday of every month. We review recent accomplishments and upcoming tasks. Meeting on a regular basis helps us stay connected and flexible to accommodate the greater Houston community's needs.   TIME:                7:00 PM CDT  DURATION:    1 hour LOCATION:     via conference call   By invitation only. However, if you're interested (and serious) about serving on the leadership

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Solar Energy System Workshop

This workshop addresses all issues related to installation and operation. Ideal for those with a technical background or DIYer in need of guidance or troubleshooting with their solar installation project. This monthly workshop takes place at the TX/RX Labs facility. Hands-on experience will be provided with the installation of a ground-mount system.   Instructor:      Bill Swann, PE Duration:        2 hours Time:              

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Green Mountain’s New Power Plan

The company that pioneered all-wind electricity plans is launching an all- solar plan that it says could spur expansion of large-scale solar power in Texas. Green Mountain Energy, which played a substantial role in purchasing electricity from wind resources and encouraging more wind generation, announced its new plan Thursday.-solar plan that it says could spur expansion of large-scale solar power in Texas. It could lead to more solar power in Texas,

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Partnership on Aviation Bio-Fuels

This month U.S. consumers landed some exciting news as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unveiled plans to create a national center for excellence on jet biofuel research.  The recently announced effort will help to revolutionize the air transportation industry by tackling one of its largest challenges – rising fuel costs. The center will be based at Washington State University and will bring together researchers from 16 academic institutions

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Biodiesel Production Begins at Texas Plant

Renewable Energy Group said this week that its biodiesel plant innortheast Texas has begun production. The biorefinery, in New Boston, was acquired by Iowa-based Renewable Energy after it had been down for four years. Major upgrades were done at the plant, which uses a variety of feedstocks and can produce 15 million gallons per year of biodiesel. This is the second Texas biorefinery that was acquired by Renewable Energy. It also operates a biorefinery

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IKEA Sells Solar Panels in UK

  IKEA is to sell solar panels at its British stores for the first time in an attempt to tap growth in the heavily subsidised green energy market. The world's biggest furniture retailer, best known for cheap basics such as its Billy bookcases and Ektorp sofas, plans to offer solar panel packages at all of its 17 British stores within the next 10 months.attempt to tap growth in the heavily subsidised green energy market. Ikea said the move

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