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Feb 10 2012

DOE Report Shows Shift to Energy-Saving Lighting Products

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a report that documents the increased adoption of energy-efficient lighting products in the United States over the last decade. The 2010 U.S. Lighting Market Characterization examines the current conditions and broad trends in the U.S. lighting market, broken down by technology and sector. The report also details […]

Jan 24 2012

The (Solar) Light at the End of the Tunnel

A consultant for the Defense Department reports that introducing solar installations on nine military bases in the Mojave and Colorado Desert could generate 7,000 megawatts of power. Getty Images: President Obama toured the nation’s largest photovoltaic array at Nellis Air Force Base in 2009 with Col. Howard Belote, center, and the Senate majority leader, Harry […]

Jan 23 2012

Pecan Street’s aim: Create path for consumers into smart grid’s future

Pecan Street Inc., a 3-year-old public-private initiative to make Central Texas an energy technology hub, is preparing to break ground on a $1.5 million, one-of-a-kind lab that will help researchers and companies understand how customers might interact with a “smart” electricity grid of the future. Construction is expected to begin within a few weeks on […]

Jan 13 2012

Red State, Green City: How Austin Has Become America’s Clean-Tech Hub

The solar panels sparkle on the rooftop of HelioVolt’s 12,000 sq m manufacturing facility. Inside, an elaborate line of printing machines, lasers, chemical baths and ovens — with help from the occasional white-coated human being — transforms a sheet of glass less than a centimeter thick into a solar module in just over two and […]

Jan 04 2012

Fort Hood Gets SunMaxx Solar Thermal System

SunMaxx Solar, Johnson Controls and Intelligent Green Solutions have installed a solar thermal system at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. The solar thermal system was installed for a domestic hot water heating system, which will preheat water for five of Fort Hood’s dining facilities. A total of 93 TitanPowerPlus SU2 series flat plate collectors were […]

Dec 27 2011

Air Force continues to utilize renewable energy

ECC recently announced the completion of its second wind turbine project at the Massachusetts Military Reservation by showcasing the construction of two 1.5-megawatt GE wind turbines, which will support the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment’s goal of the MMR being completely powered by renewable energy. “This highly visible project was delivered safely, […]

Dec 02 2011

Innovative Energy Storage Technologies Enabling More Renewable Power

Solar and wind power provide the means for America to strengthen its energy security, create jobs in growing markets, and improve the environment. Thanks to breakthroughs in energy storage systems, including the first grid-tied solar and storage facility, that potential is getting closer to reality. By combining energy storage systems with smart grid technology, utilities […]

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 […]

Oct 25 2011

Austin’s Power: The Texas Capital Is A Model For Clean Power Adoption

How do you get people to use renewable energy when it’s more expensive than fossil-fueled power? For answers to that question, you might want to look at places with high adoption rates for renewables. Austin, for instance. This month, Texas’s capital became the largest municipality in the country to use only renewable energy. That’s 100% […]

Oct 10 2011

Wind energy transmission companies get active

After six years of studies, debate and planning, Cross Texas Transmission and Sharyland Utilities have launched the construction of lines to collect wind energy and send it downstate at a cost of $1 billion. Cross Texas has an Amarillo office and Sharyland is building one just south of town, but the action is further afield. […]

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  • "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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