Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association
February 14, 2011
Austin, Texas At Texas Energy Independence Week professors from five leading Texas universities speak on renewable energy policy and technology research in the first of two forums at the Texas State Capitol Building. At the second forum corporate and governmental leaders discuss the relationship of natural gas and renewables and make a case for a robust role for renewable energy in Texas' energy mix.
"Acting now to secure a significant part of our energy mix from non-depletable sources will pay dividends long into the future," said Russel Smith, Executive Director, Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association. He continued, "As our state's leaders wrestle with difficult budget issues it is important that they take steps to further develop our renewable energy sector."
Texas Energy Independence Week, declared biannually by Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA), continues a long tradition for recognizing the vast renewable energy resources in Texas. Celebrated only one week prior to Texas Independence Day, Texas Energy Independence Week gives Texans the opportunity to play a role in Texas’ energy future. TREIA represents over 600 member companies, organizations, agencies and individuals providing products, services and information within Texas's growing renewable energy sector. Founded in 1984, TREIA is a key trade and advocacy organization headquartered in Austin, Texas.
Texas Energy Independence Week events take place at or in locations near the Texas State Capitol Building. During the week exhibits will be on display in the Capitol North Gallery. Also open to the public at no charge two forums take place on Wednesday, February 23 in the Capitol Auditorium.
Forum I: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Texas universities speaking on Renewable Energy Policy and Technology Research include:
Forum II: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Consists of two sections
Panel 1) Renewables and Natural Gas, Confluence or Conflict or Something In Between? (2 - 3:30 p.m.)
Moderator: Michael J. Osborne, Special Asst. to the Manager, Austin Energy.
Panel 2) The Business Case for a Robust Role for Renewable Energy in Texas’ Energy Mix. (3:45 - 5:00 p.m.)
Moderator: Colin Meehan, Environmental Defense Fund
TREIA www.treia.org is the oldest renewable energy non-profit trade organization in Texas whose work promoting development of renewable resources and their wise use has spanned a quarter of a century.
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