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 Texas Organizations and Agencies

This page presents Texas-based renewable energy related organizations with a significant presence in Texas. These sites provide information relevant to energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy. They are listed for your convenience as potential sources of information to facilitate research that advances public purposes. The state of Texas, the Comptroller, and SECO do not endorse any of the organizations that maintain the listed web sites, nor do they endorse any of the content contained in the web sites.

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Texas Organizations

Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA)
TREIA is a statewide non-profit organization that represents over 200 member companies, organizations, agencies and individuals that provide products, services and information for solar electric generation, solar hot water, large and small-scale wind electric generation, biomass electric generation and liquid renewable fuels, geothermal heating and cooling, geothermal electric generation, and sustainable (green) building design and construction.

Texas Solar Energy Society (TXSES)
The Texas Solar Energy Society is an educational organization formed to promote solar and other renewable energy applications. The membership of TXSES includes educators, engineers, researchers, students, bankers, electrical contractors, architects, builders, building inspectors, home owners and solar enthusiasts. The Society is a non-profit organization open to anyone with an interest in renewable energy. The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter and engages in educational projects and conferences. Email Address: [email protected]

Solar San Antonio (SSA)
Solar San Antonio is a leading advocate of sustainable communities and facilities powered by renewable energies.  SSA initiates meetings, educational events, outreach and promotional opportunities that increase awareness by the public, school officials, designers & constructors, and decision makers and leaders of the benefits of renewable energy for a green, clean, and sustainable economy.

Build San Antonio Green
Build San Antonio Green is San Antonio’s first residential green building program, which certifies both green building professionals and new homes (a renovation component is underway). The program was developed by the Metropolitan Partnership for Energy and is co-administered with the Greater San Antonio Builders Association. The goal of Build San Antonio Green is to create awareness and interest among builders and homeowners in resource-efficient building methods, materials, and technologies. The Greater San Antonio Builders Association (GSABA) is a trade association that offers the opportunity to its members to display their products and services, and offers the community a showcase of member profiles and products.

El Paso Solar Energy Association (EPSEA)
The El Paso Solar Energy Association was founded in 1978 and is the oldest continuously active local solar organization in the United States. EPSEA publishes a monthly newsletter on solar energy and EPSEA activities. In addition to monthly meetings/seminars, EPSEA conducts technology demonstrations, information booths, and conducts project development work related to renewable energy technologies in the Southwest U.S. and Northern Mexico. The purpose of EPSEA is to further the development and application of solar energy and related technologies with concern for ecological, social and economic fabric of the region (West Texas, Southern New Mexico, Northern Mexico). Email Address: [email protected]

Houston Renewable Energy Group (HREG)
The Houston Renewable Energy Group (HREG) was established in 1999 with the primary goal to educate the Houston region on the power of renewable energy.  Houston's climate and availability of conventionally-generated power create special challenges and barriers to the incorporation of renewable energy systems.  The HREG network of renewable energy enthusiasts, engineers, architects, specialists and users provides a pathway to sensible energy conservation and generation, as well as a cleaner Houston.Email Address: [email protected]

Renewable Energy Association of Central Texas (REACT)
The Renewable Energy Association of Central Texas is a group of individuals dedicated to building a sustainable energy future. The Association's goal is to encourage the development and use of renewable energy sources and energy conservation methods by sharing information, experience and technical skills, and by educating the public and the local, state and federal governments. Email Address: [email protected]

The SEED Coalition (Sustainable Energy and Economic Development)
The SEED Coalition is an alliance of Texans dedicated to reforming the state's energy and air pollution policies by reducing pollution power plants and cars and increasing clean energy jobs in energy efficiency, renewable energy and other advanced technologies. Email Address: [email protected]

Metropolitan Partnership for Energy (San Antonio)
The Metropolitan Partnership for Energy (MPE)
was created following the passage of Texas Senate Bill 5 , the Texas Emissions Reduction Act that calls on municipal facilities to reduce energy consumption by 5% a year for five years. The bill also calls for compliance with the latest energy efficient building codes for residential and commercial construction. The MPE works to increase San Antonio’s energy efficiency and sustainability by providing the region with energy leadership, education and expertise. In response to population growth, increasing pollution, and the need for energy security, MPE promotes sound energy policy, renewable alternatives to fossil fuels and technical guidance.

Houston Renewable Energy Group
The Houston Renewable Energy Group (HREG) was established in 1999 with the primary goal of educating the Houston region on the power of renewable energy. Houston's climate and availability of conventionally-generated power create special challenges and barriers to the incorporation of Renewable Energy (RE) systems. The HREG network of RE enthusiasts, engineers, architects, specialists, and users provides a pathway to sensible energy conservation and generation, as well as a cleaner Houston. HREG is a non-profit volunteer organization and local chapter of the Texas Solar Energy Society

Austin Energy
Austin Energy has a comprehensive energy efficiency program. Austin Energy provides energy conservation information for both homes and businesses, equipment purchasing guidelines, conservation ideas. Austin Energy also offers rebates and low-interest loans to help residential and business customers make energy efficiency improvements.

Austin Energy Rebates and Loans
Austin Energy and the City of Austin Water Conservation Division offer rebates and loans to make incorporating energy and resource efficiency easy and cost-effective.

Austin Energy's Green Building Program
If you're a homeowner, renter or a member of the design and building profession, this program has information to help you design and build with health, energy-efficiency and the environment in mind.

Austin Energy's Green by Design Workshops
Anyone preparing to build, buy or remodel a home can learn how to improve energy and water efficiency, increase comfort and reduce maintenance. The Green Building Program's 1-day Green by Design Workshop is held four times per year.

Rural Allaince for Renewable Energy (RARE)
RARE is committed to assisting rural Texas communities in developing their renewable energy resources now so that future generations in those communities can prosper. The members of RARE have banded together to implement an outreach effort in rural areas of the state. The intent is to stimulate job creation and economic development, and to promote energy security and independence. RARE addresses regional renewable energy options and opportunities. The focus is on the development and use of renewable energy resources and technologies by these rural communities.

U. S. Green Building Council Central Texas Chapter
The USGBC Central Texas-Balcones Chapter mission is to serve as a local interface for the building industry and the local community in promoting sustainable development practices throughout the region.

Rural Business-Cooperative Service (USDA)
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) web site providing information to assist farm, ranch and small business in the area of renewable energy and efficiency. The site offers details on 2002 Farm Bill implementation and the financial programs support such essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. This program promotes economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks and community-managed lending pools; offers technical assistance and information to help agricultural and other cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their member services. And we provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs.

Texas Agencies

SECO's Innovative Energy Demonstration Program
The Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), Innovative Energy Demonstration Program funds solar, wind, biomass and goethermal demonstration projects throughout Texas, and cosponsores conferences, workshops and other educational efforts, yielding a positive impact on Texans' familiarity with renewable energy.

City of Austin Green Builder's Program
Austin Energy’s Green Building Program is nationally known for expertise in "green" residential and commercial construction. They offer information to homeowners, renters or a members of the design and building profession to help design and build with health, energy-efficiency and the environment in mind.

General Land Office
The core mission of the Texas General Land Office (GLO) is the management of state lands and mineral-right properties totaling 20.3 million acres. Included in that portfolio are the beaches, bays, estuaries and other The GLO's Sustainable Energy Strategy is built on action items identified in the 1995 Texas Sustainable Energy Development Council strategic plan. The strategy seeks to:identify opportunities for sustainable energy development on state lands, and; educate citizens about opportunities for sustainable energy production on state lands through a statewide marketing plan. Email Address: [email protected]

The Public Utility Commission of Texas
The mission of the Public Utility Commission of Texas is to protect customers, foster competition, and promote high quality infrastructure for telecommunications and electric industry.  Email Address: [email protected]  

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