Posted by youngsierrans on September 7, 2010
Please join us for a special opportunity to meet National Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune.
Texas is in a unique environmental position: it is a major battleground in the national ﬁght against coal-ﬁred power plants, and it is also a potential national leader in renewable energy. Come listen to Michael’s thoughts on how a slight political shift could produce an environmental majority in the Texas House which could signal much smarter energy legislation leading to cleaner air and water in Texas. A new governor could help make that legislation become a reality and assure that the state environmental regulatory agency enforces the laws.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2010
The Park City Club
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Posted by youngsierrans on February 10, 2010
In December 2009, the Public Utility Commission of Texas released a strawman proposal to finally implement a 2005 law requiring 500 megawatts of “non-wind” renewable energy by 2015. Environment Texas and the Go Solar Coalition (includes TX businesses and non-profits) are encouraging Governor Perry and the PUC to adopt the proposal and to include a set-aside of at least 100 megawatts of distributed generation such as rooftop solar.
Online comments on the proposal are due on February 12, 2010.
PUC of Texas – Goal for Renewable Energy Strawman Proposal
Wildcatting the Sun: A Texas Solar Roadmap
Berkeley Labs Report on the Installed Cost of PV in the US
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Posted by youngsierrans on January 13, 2009
Last month, the Texas Public Utilities Commission (PUC) released the awaited independent study on the “Assessment of the Feasible and Achievable Levels of Electricity Savings from Investor Owned Utilities in Texas: 2009-2018,” A.K.A. Energy Efficiency Potential in TX. This assessment was conducted for the PUC by Itron, a California firm that does energy consulting and builds utility meters, and found that “there is a significant amount of untapped technical and economic potential to reduce electricity use” by Texas utilities. The report was requested as part of the ground-breaking energy efficiency legislation, H.B. 3693, approved last session which contained all sorts of energy policy goodies.
The Itron report (269 pages) is a ringing endorsement that energy efficiency is JUST AS IMPORTANT as building new sources of energy. It’s not posted to the PUC site yet, but the PDF file can be found here, on the Environment Texas website. There’s a 20-page Executive Summary included.
* The proposed savings goals for 2010 (30% of load growth) and 2015 (50% of load growth) are reasonable and attainable for the majority of utility service areas.
* Texas has the potential to reduce peak demand statewide by 23% and save customers up to $12 billion on electric bills by investing in efficiency measures.
* Under all cost incentive scenarios studied, the aggregate benefits exceed costs by at least 2 to 1.
* A concerted effort to raise general awareness and provide more specific targeted marketing will increase the level of energy and dollar savings in Texas.
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Posted by youngsierrans on January 9, 2009
Mark your calendars to join TX-based environmental and conservation organizations during the 2009 Texas Legislative Session as we participate in the two-day Texas’ Energy Future: Clean Power and Green Jobs Conference and Lobby Day in Austin, TX. We will be trained on clean energy priorities for TX and have the opportunity to meet to discuss this these topics with our respective legislators and their staff. The conference will include a variety of speakers, including Van Jones, author of The Green Collar Economy.
Date: February 17th (evening-training) & 18th (all day-conf./lobbying), 2009
Where: Texas State Capitol Auditorium – 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, 78701 (map)
Transportation: There will probably be some ride-sharing or bus transportation arranged for participants originating from the North Texas/DFW area. Stay tuned for more details.
To Register: Sign-up online here. * Please notify Peter if you’re a participating Dallas Young Sierran (so we can meet up) and if you’re interested in going down early on the 17th and doing some Austin area day hiking.
Questions: Contact Peter (youngsierrans[at]dallassierraclub.org) or Ann Drumm (anndrumm[at]swbell.net).
* Consider joining the Lone Star Chapter Sierra Club Action Alert distribution, which sends out periodic emails highlighting environmental issues on which we should communicate with our legislators.
* Informative videos (topics: legislative agenda, visiting your legislator) can be found on the chapter’s website.
* Links to details of the Lone Star Chapter 2009 Legislative Agenda can be found here: 12 Step Plan for Meeting TX Energy Needs (and is good for our climate) and the Nov-08 Legislative Workshop Presentations.
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Posted by youngsierrans on March 1, 2008
Dallas is known for having more than it’s share of restaurants. Since the Young Sierrans spend much of it’s social time enjoying them, maybe we should begin advocating a little greening of this dynamic industry. A couple of factoids:
- All sectors of the restaurant industry represent about 10% of the U.S. economy.
- The restaurant industry (#1 electricity consumer in retail sector) accounts for 33% of all U.S. retail electricity use.
The Green Restaurant Association’s mission is to create an ecologically sustainable restaurant industry. Per their site, the GRA is “a national non-profit organization, provides services in research, consulting, education, marketing and community organizing. The GRA utilizes a collaborative strategy that involves restaurants, manufacturers, vendors, grassroots organizations, government, media, and restaurant customers. The GRA’s model provides a convenient way for all sectors of the restaurant industry to become more environmentally sustainable.”
The site contains a list of qualified green restaurants, of which there’s only one in TX (Austin), and the association’s environmental guidelines for restaurants.
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