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Defense Energy Summit

Defense Energy Summit imagesWhen: November 11-13, 2013
Where: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center at the University of Texas at Austin

Join the Nation’s energy, business and defense leadership as they accelerate the development and deployment of new energy and infrastructure solutions and projects.

The Defense Energy Summit delivers the entire defense energy ecosystem, focusing on the needs and solutions of energy providers, project financiers, early/growth stage companies, defense contractors, military installations and purchasing agents. This unique event brings together the business of the energy industry with the urgent needs of defense community, convening National stakeholders in the building of a Defense Energy Center of Excellence.Defense Energy Summit 2013 logo

For further information about the Defense Energy Summit, please visit www.defenseenergy.com.
For information about the Defense Energy Center of Excellence, please visit www.defenseenergy.org.

For a 10% discount of the regular registration rate, please use this code: 13SAUS10

Austin Solar Victories

Many of you probably remember our concern when Austin Energy proposed slashing the solar budget by 42% for fiscal year 2014 – which we’re now in. But public outcry and our meetings with Austin City Council members made a difference. The budget was fully restored and we can expect to have another great year for solar in Austin.  That was back in September.

Sun in fistJust yesterday, Austin City Council passed a resolution that expands the city’s commitment to development local solar.  Of our existing solar goal of 200 megawatts (MW) by 2020, half will now have to be locally sited and half of that local solar will have to be distributed systems that are owned or leased by customers.

That’s great news for local jobs, because there’s no way to outsource installation of small, local solar systems.  Someone has to be here to do a site inspection, file the paperwork with Austin Energy and actually install the system on someone’s room or in their yard.

City Council also instructed the City Manager to consider adopting the 400 MW by 2020 solar goal put forth by the Austin Local Solar Advisory Committee (LSAC) into the Generation Plan update next year.

We have Council Members Chris Riley, Laura Morrison and Bill Spelman to thank for leading this effort, but the resolution was adopted unanimously, and I know that others on the Council are eager to see solar thrive in Austin.  Send the City Council a thank you note.

With the help of the many people in Austin who are concerned about climate change, air pollution, water use, creating good local jobs, and keeping electric rates affordable, we’re going to make sure the 400 MW solar goal is included in the Generation Plan in 2014.

In the meantime, we can turn our focus to ensuring that solar owners continue to be credited a fair value for the energy they put out on the grid for the rest of us to use and that more attractive solar financing options are made available.  Better financing, options for solar leasing and a community solar program are all essential for expanding access to solar for lower and middle-income families and all of us who rent.

Solar Austin Happy Hour: Climate Change and the 2013 IPCC Report

When: Tuesday, October 15th, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701

Please RSVP here.

There are lots of great reason to support local solar and one of them is certainly the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

With this in mind, we will dedicate our October happy hour to a panel discussion of climate change, including the latest information presented in the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

2013 IPCC report cover

Panelist will include Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas, and Dave Cortez, Organizer at Sierra Club.

Our planet’s climate is changing faster than predicted, making the need for an accelerated switch to clean energy sources even more critical. As we continue to urge the Austin City Council to adopt more ambitious solar goals, knowing the facts about climate change will be important.

The full IPCC report (Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis) is available for download.

State Parking Garages (usually free after 6PM) can be found next to, behind and across from Scholz Garten. San Jacinto Blvd., 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and Trinity have parking garage entrances.

We hope to see you there!

Solar 1st Saturday- Free talk on Advocacy, Policy, and Opportunity in Solar

ImagineSolar logoJoin us at Imagine Solar to explore the current state of the industry and how you can be part of the solar solution. This free monthly event series on the first Saturday of the month will explore advocacy, policy, and opportunity in the solar industry. Solar Austin’s Charlie Hemmeline and Rachel Stone of Environment Texas, will discuss opportunities to expand solar adoption in Texas and as well as ways for participants to get involved and make a difference.

When: Saturday, October 5th at 4 pm

Where: Imagine Solar (4000 Caven Rd., Austin, TX 78744)

Please RSVP.

The solar industry is experiencing rapid expansion in entrepreneurial opportunity – government policy is striving to keep pace. Let these discussions help you find your place in this swiftly changing landscape.

Solar 1st Saturday begins at 4pm, but participants are welcome to come at 3pm and observe the last hour of the PV System Design & Installation Lab already in progress.

Go here for more information about the event.

Climate-Com: Climate Change Communications From the Media – A Mini Symposium

Our climate is changing and action is desperately needed, but that message is not getting through to to many of our leaders. Climate-Com will explore how the media can better present current climate science so that the public and our leaders will be convinced to act.
Lake Buchanan

What: A panel discussion on how we can change the way we communicate climate science and facts to the public through the media, particularly broadcast meteorologists. Featuring Jim Spencer of KXAN-TV and Kris Wilson, PhD of UT School of Journalism.

When: Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 3:30pm to 7:00pm

Where: Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., North meeting room

Who: Climate Change Now Initiative, Public Citizen’s Texas Office, KXAN-TV, UT School of Journalism, Forecast the Facts, Texas Drought Project, Austin Citizen Climate Lobby

Cost (suggested donation): $10.00 – Adults, $5.00 for students, 16 and under free **Also, free if you calculate your personal carbon footprint using an online carbon calculator and send the tons of carbon per year with your name to qualitykicks@hotmail.com.**
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