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ERCOT Market Summit 2016
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ERCOT Market Summit 2016 will examine the changing market rules and drivers, bringing policy-makers together with utility, IPP, DR and energy storage executives to explore potential opportunities and alternatives to meet Texas’ future power needs. They will examine not only the impacts of the EPA CPP on ERCOT, but also how the delivery of wind power from the Panhandle and new large solar build out plans are affecting the market. They will examine

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Breakfast: Developments in Renewable Energy Certification
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Our partner, the Houston Renewable Energy Network, will address Green-e Certification and  next steps for voluntary renewable energy projects and products over breakfast.     The Center for Resource Solutions’ Director of Strategic Partnerships Chip Wood and Green-e Analyst and Partnerships Specialist Sarah Busch will introduce you to their organization, how it serves the voluntary renewable energy market, its certification options for

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HREG Quarterly Meeting – Houston’s 30 MW Solar Power Deal
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Last November, the City of Houston announced that it will be purchasing 30 MW of solar power from Hecate Energy through its retail electric provider, Reliant Energy. This is a 20 year power purchase agreement; not just renewable energy credits (RECs). The facility will be located in West Texas near Alpine, and Reliant Energy will transport the solar power to the City’s meters.   The solar power deal continues Houston's leadership as a solar

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Social Mixer: Sustainability / Green Happy Hour
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Join us for our next social mixer!     DATE / TIME Tuesday - March 1 - 2016   HAPPY HOUR 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM      The Spot Karbach Brewing Co. 2032 Karbach Street - Houston, TX  77092 (Don't worry. This spot has plenty parking!)      See you soon!       

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HREG Leadership Meeting
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The HREG leadership team meets on the second 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
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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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