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The ‘Secret’ to Unlocking Renewable Energy in Texas? Battery Storage

Texas may be rich in fossil fuels like oil and gas, but it’s also awash in clean, renewable energy. Well, at least it could be. With the most renewable energy potential in the United States, Texas is a formidable candidate to up their renewable energy usage. Wind power now supplies 8 percent of energy to the grid […]

Why a Truly ‘Green’ Car Race Might Not Be Possible for Formula One

Three model cars sit side-by-side on the windowsill of Zach Baumer’s office in East Austin, memories of a childhood spent with his family at Indy 500 races. “Growing up in Indianapolis, I just have sort of a thing for cars,” he says. “Not that I think we should be driving single occupancy vehicles! But … […]

Walmart Becomes A Solar King, Just Not in Texas. Yet.

It’s where you might go for pool noodles, school supplies and perhaps just people-watching. But the retail behemoth Walmart is also becoming known as a green energy company. On Monday, Walmart unveiled its 100th solar panel array for a store in San Diego. The company has the goal of using 100 percent renewable energy to […]

Austin’s Green Building Incubator: A Look at the Pecan Street Research Institute

Watch In Austin, Charged up About Smart Power on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour. If you’re a Texan interested in green building, smart grids and solar panels, there’s probably no better place to see them in action than the Pecan Street Research Institute in Austin’s Mueller neighborhood. That neighborhood, just northeast of downtown Austin, is […]

Why Some Longhorns Won’t Be Riding Dirty (Buses) Anymore

The wheels on the bus go round and round … but water is the only exhaust. That’s what researchers at the Center for Electromechanics (CEM) at the University of Texas at Austin have to say about their new Hydrogen Hybrid Bus. The new bus will be featured as part of UT’s shuttle system and will […]

TCEQ Wants to Make Texas Trucks A Little Greener

The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced a grant program this week that will help get more diesel trucks off the state’s roads. TCEQ plans to release a total of $5.7 million to businesses hoping to replace their diesel-powered fleets with either hybrid or electric vehicles or vehicles powered by compressed natural gas, liquified […]

How the Military is Re-thinking Energy

How’s this for a mouthful: Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs. It’s basically a complicated way of saying the Defense Department official in charge of figuring out how the military uses and deploys energy in the field. That is Sharon Burke’s position, and in a recent speech at the University of […]

How the Military in Texas is Going Green

While some private solar companies are making headlines for their spectacular failures, and fracking has led to an extended stay for fossil fuels, is it too soon to write off renewables? Maybe not. For one thing, the military is investing in green projects. Big Time. As Kate Galbraith reports today for the Texas Tribune and […]

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