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Webinar: Climate Change

The Texas Center for Climate Studies at Texas A&M (College Station) is hosting a live webinar on climate change with a great line-up of speakers. Full details are shown below. This is a FREE event that anyone can attend from the comfort of their home or office.   DATE:   Monday - April 27 - 2015 TIME:  7:30 PM CDT Film director Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Ice) will present a screening of his film at 6:00 p.m., to be followed by a panel discussion

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Wind Resource Assessment Forum
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Windpower Monthly is pleased to announce the launch of the Wind Resource Assessment Forum in North America!   This is the best event to meet and connect with wind resource assessment leaders and get the latest on new  methodologies and technologies to increase accuracy of estimations, reduce uncertainty and assure project bankability. Based on over 100 hours of research with wind resource assessment experts, the conference will cover:  

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USGBC Gulf Coast Energy Summit 2015
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Gulf Coast Energy Summit Speaker Series presents "The Energy, Climate Change and How to Transition to a Sustainable World” with Dr. Steven Chu - Nobel Laureate and former U.S. Secretary of Energy - as the guest speaker.   Science and technology such as the industrial and agricultural revolutions have profoundly transformed the world. I will briefly describe the rapidly changing energy landscape, give an “epidemiological” approach of

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Solar Energy Installation Training

SolPower People is producing another training for those interested in switching careers or enhancing their knowledge base.    SPV2000/3000 Accelerated PV Design and Installation Workshop    * Qualify for Entry Level Exam * 20 Advanced Hours towards certification   DATE:      May 11 through May 15  -  2015 TIME:       tbd PLACE:     TxRx Labs  -  205 Roberts Street  -  Houston, TX   For more information and to register,

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Social Mixer: Sustainability / Green Happy Hour

Monday - May 5 - 2015   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM     Save the date! We're working on the details.     STAY TUNED!!!      

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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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