Houston Environmental Directory
- In our last HREG meeting, we agreed to put an infomercial about HREG in the 2005 Houston Environmental Directory. Here is a draft of the text. The text will be surrounded by pictures of RE stuff. Let me know if you have any comments or corrections.Thanks,Chris
A strong economy relies on sustainable energy. Today, the US leads the world based on a fossil fuel economy. However, as demand for this limited resource continues to grow, we see: rising costs, emissions beyond ecological limitations, a soaring trade deficit, and violent international conflicts. The atomic option is too risky. The Energy Crisis in the 1970’s started efforts to develop technology for tapping into biomass, hydro, wind and solar resources. Those efforts have been successful and Renewable Energy (RE) technology is now being deployed as a sustainable solution to our energy needs.
In 2003, there was 8.3 GW of new wind capacity installed world wide, averaging 26.3% growth per year over the last five years. PV produced 744 MW for a record growth of 32.4% in a single year. The renewable energy market is expected to approach $85 billion per year within the decade. Many countries and states are dedicated to 20% renewable energy by 2020 and predicting 50% by 2050. Houston needs to recognize this potential and take the lead in order to maintain its position as an Energy Capital.
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. 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. Be a part of the energy transformation, join HREG today at www.txses.org/hreg. Participation includes the e-mail group, quarterly meetings and participation in community events that promote renewable energy.