TexasIsHot – Energy Efficiency

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Dec 29 2011

DOE Releases New Version of EnergyPlus Modeling Software

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the latest version of its building energy modeling software EnergyPlus, which calculates the energy required to heat, cool, ventilate, and light a building. EnergyPlus is used by architects and engineers to design more efficient buildings, by researchers to investigate new building and system designs, and by policymakers to […]

Dec 23 2011

Second Energy Efficiency Project Will Save UT Arlington Money In 2012

The University of Texas of Arlington will start 2012 saving money and decreasing energy use after this month’s completion of a $9.9 million package of efficiency-boosting facility upgrades. Dallas-based TDIndustries Inc. carried out the yearlong project, which will guarantee that UT Arlington saves about $1.1 million each year in energy and maintenance costs and reduces […]

Dec 21 2011

Energy Efficiency will Drive Utilities in the Future: Southern Co. Discusses How

Electricity is at the heart of the U.S. energy economy. And the numbers say so. A report by the Manhattan Institute cites this fascinating statistic: In 1950, 20 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product was directly dependent on electricity. By 2008, that number had tripled to 60 percent. Additionally, the report states that over […]

Dec 19 2011

$12 Million to Spur Rapid Adoption of Solar Energy with the Rooftop Solar Challenge

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, today Energy Secretary Steven Chu was joined by Lynn Jurich, the president and co-founder of the solar power company SunRun, and Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman to announce $12 million in funding for the awardees of the Rooftop Solar Challenge. The Challenge supports 22 regional […]

Dec 05 2011

Pecan Street’s McCracken keeps up drumbeat for clean energy, smart grids

These are interesting times for Brewster McCracken. As executive director of the clean energy research consortium Pecan Street Inc., McCracken is helping drive research into how consumer smart grids and smart grid-enabled systems should interact. It’s quite a change for McCracken, 45, who was a member of the Austin City Council for six years before […]

Nov 30 2011

DOE and EPA Release 2012 Annual Fuel Economy Guide

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are releasing the 2012 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with information that can help them choose a more efficient new vehicle that saves them money and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.  While fuel efficient vehicles come in a variety of fuel types, classes, and […]

Nov 25 2011

Dallas-Fort Worth area public schools go green

For a lesson in energy efficiency and sustainability, teacher Julie Clark needs only to walk her fourth grade students through the halls of Ridgeview Elementary School in Keller. This semester, Ridgeview, part of the Keller Independent School District, joined numerous new and renovated schools around the North Texas area that were designed to be more […]

Nov 18 2011

Chevrolet to Produce Spark EV All-Electric Vehicle

Chevrolet today announced it will produce an all-electric version of the Chevrolet Spark mini-car – the Spark EV. It will be sold in limited quantities in select U.S. and global markets starting in 2013, including California. “The Spark EV offers customers living in urban areas who have predictable driving patterns or short commutes an all-electric […]

Nov 17 2011

El Paso Electric Invests in First Utility Owned CPV Project in Texas, Utilizing SolFocus Technology

SolFocus and its solar developer partner Solar Smart Living, today announced that they have completed a 53 kW concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) installation which will be owned by El Paso Electric. The solar power installation was developed by El Paso-based Solar Smart Living using six SolFocus SF-1100S tracking CPV systems. The installation is located at El […]

Nov 15 2011

Campbell Plans 14-Acre 2.3 MW Solar System at Sacramento Plant

Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) announced that it has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and Land Lease Agreement (LLA) with American Capital Energy (ACE) to construct a 2.3 mega-Watt (MW) capacity PV solar power generation ground mount tracker system on 14 acres of the company’s facility in Sacramento, Calif., which supplies Campbell’s soups, […]

  • "“As the Texas population continues to grow, so will our energy consumption needs. We must have tools that empower the consumer to choose their products and monitor their usage wisely. TexasIsHot.org is a great resource, which is exactly what Texans need in today’s deregulated market.”" - State Rep. Burt Solomons (R-Carrollton), Chairman of House State Affairs Committee
  • "In order to meet our goals, we need programs like the TexasIsHot campaign to help change the way people think about energy." - State Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay), Chairman of Senate Natural Resources Committee
  • "Texas leads the nation in wind power because it makes money, not because it makes us feel better. Texans are a practical, penny-wise people who I think will be happy to learn how to save a few bucks on their power bills with the common-sense advice at TexasIsHot.org."-Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office
  • "If every Texas household adopted just a few of the dozens of energy efficiency strategies referenced on TexasIsHot.org, our air would be cleaner, our limited supply of natural resources would be better protected, and our wallets would be heavier..." Kip Averitt (R-Waco), Former State Senator and Chairman of Senate Committee on Natural Resources
  • ”The TexasIsHot campaign targets an important piece of the clean energy effort -- educating Texans on the way we use electricity and quantifying the financial and environmental costs associated with our use. By just reducing the amount of electricity we use and waste, TexasIsHot.org can show people how to save money..." State Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin)
  • "Fluctuating energy costs are really hurting Texas families and businesses, but by just making a few easy changes, Texans can cut down on energy waste. TexasIsHot.org is a tremendous resource which arms consumers with the information they need to save themselves money by becoming more energy efficient, and help our environment." State Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston)
  • "Texas is the third fastest growing state in the nation with a net growth of 1,000 people each and every day. This brings many challenges including providing clean and affordable electricity. That is why I'm excited about TexasIsHot.org. This website is an instructional resource that will help Texans save on their energy bills at home and in the workplace..." State Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford)
  • "Now, more than ever, Texans need to work together to conserve energy and to make more efficient use of the energy we consume. The TexasIsHot.org website is an extraordinary resource for people who want to save money and help conserve our precious natural resources..." State Rep. Rafael Anchía (D-Dallas)
  • "By partnering with the TexasIsHot Coalition we can extend our effort’s reach, leverage our resources, and ensure that Austin’s energy grid continues to be a test-bed for technologies, products, and services that will transform our state’s energy system." Brewster McCracken, Executive Director, Pecan Street Project
  • "The City of Houston is working harder than ever to make Houston green and energy efficient, but we need the help of every citizen. I would encourage everyone to take a moment to explore the TexasIsHot website to learn what we can all do to make Houston, and the rest of Texas, the green and energy efficient example for the rest of the nation." Mayor Annise Parker, Houston
  • "Energy efficiency is one of our top priorities. Partnering with the TexasIsHot Coalition will help us educate citizens and local businesses about energy-efficient practices in order to meet our goal of reducing residential and commercial electric use." Gavin Dillingham, Chief of Sustainable Growth – General Services Department, for the City of Houston
  • "We are excited about the new partnership that the City of Corpus Christi has entered into with the TexasIsHot Coalition. TexasIsHot.org provides a platform to educate policy makers, city employees and citizens on how to save money and help the environment by conserving energy..." Mayor Joe Adame, Corpus Christi
  • "I am excited that the City of Corpus Christi has joined the TexasIsHot Coalition and look forward to working with them to help Texans become smarter energy users. Energy efficiency is by far the best way for people to reduce their bills and help the environment, but we need education and outreach to make this happen." State Rep. Solomon Ortiz, Jr (D-Corpus Christi)
  • "Because of its fast growth and hot summers, Texas has to get smarter about energy conservation. I applaud the efforts of Corpus Christi and TexasIsHot to help businesses and residents reap the benefits of increased efficiency." Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen)
  • "Energy efficiency is the cleanest, quickest and cheapest way to get smart about energy use, saving both money and the environment. I applaud the TexasIsHot Coalition in their effort to educate Texans about the benefits of energy efficiency..." Luke Metzger, Director, Environment Texas
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