Rally for Clean Energy and Good Jobs – Thursday, October 18 at Noon

We are taking our Clean Energy Works for Texas campaign to the doorstep of the Public Utility Commission (PUC) this week. 

We hope you will join us for a rally on Thursday, October 18 at 12 p.m. in front of the William B. Travis building at 1701 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

We are urging the PUC to create rules to enforce and expand the non-wind renewable portfolio standard (RPS). Passed into law in 2005, the non-wind RPS has languished at the PUC, thanks to pressure from certain lobby interests not to enforce the law. 7 years is too long to wait.

The PUC needs to hear that the people of Texas are ready to get to work building 21st century energy economies. With more solar potential than any other state, Texas has an opportunity to grow our economy. Our workers should be supplying solar panels, inverters and other equipment to the rest of the country and the world. Enforcing the non-wind renewable portfolio standard will send a message to investors that Texas is open for business.

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Happy Hour: Austin’s Solar Future, Wednesday, October 17th

Please join Solar Austin at the 29th Street Ballroom (Spiderhouse) on Wednesday, October 17th to hear members of the Local Solar Advisory Committee provide a preview of their forthcoming plan and recommendations for Austin’s solar future.

In April, the Austin City Council chartered the Local Solar Advisory Committee (LSAC) to examine and provide recommendations for Austin’s long-term goal for solar energy.  After six months of work, the LSAC will be releasing their report this month and we want to make sure you stay informed at this critical point in the process.

The City Council recently took positive steps to accelerate solar energy growth in Austin by approving a $7.5 million budget for solar in fiscal year 2013.  Now is the time to build on that momentum by ensuring this good step is a part of a bold long-term commitment that realizes solar’s tremendous energy, economic, and environmental potential for the benefit of all Austinites.

LSAC Committee Chair, Steve Wiese, Founder and Principal of Clean Energy Associates and Committee Member, Mark Begert, Executive VP and Director of Meridian Solar, will join us for the discussion.

mark_begert_sm AECSteveWieseWe hope to see you there!  Happy hour starts at 6pm and the program will start at 7pm.

June 15: Kathie Tovo and Randi Shade – Energy and the Future of Austin

At our next Solar Austin Happy Hour features City Council incumbent Randi Shade and candidate Kathie Tovo discussing Energy and the Future of Austin.

Date: Wednesday, June 15
Time: 5pm mixer, 6:30pm-8pm panel
Location: Spider House, 2906 Fruth Street, Austin, TX 78705

Kathie Tovo

Kathie Tovo

Kathie Tovo is a 19-year resident of Austin, former Planning Commissioner and Austin Neighboorhoods Council Vice President. She has earned the endorsements of respected organizations like the Austin Sierra Club and the Austin Chronicle. Kathie supports the goals of the Generation Plan and believes continuing to move toward a renewable future is one of the most important tasks before our nation and community.

Randi Shade

Randi Shade

Randi Shade was elected to our City Council in 2008, and has lived in Austin for over two decades. Prior to Council, she attended UT, served as student body president, received an MBA from Harvard University, launched and ran AmeriCorps under Governor Ann Richards, started an Internet company, and served as Executive Director of the Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation. Randi and her partner Kayla live in Clarksville with their two young children.

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