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#1 RD Milhollin

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Posted 04 October 2015 - 08:40 AM

Tarrant County College has initiated a new training center for energy technology Students on the South Campus.

 

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article37361178.html 

 

"Largest of it's kind in the nation", "promotes sustainability", "solar array that is providing almost net-zeroelectrical consumption"... 

 

This is a huge step forward toward making Fort Worth and the surrounding area a center for future energy tech development and for new-era energy-related businesses. Maybe the new Tarleton Fort Worth campus can team up with TCC to bring excellent students from the tech program into their engineering and business programs. Is the city and local business leaders ready to team up to start a clean energy incubator in one of the several under-used industrial/warehouse areas of the city?



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Posted 04 October 2015 - 09:00 AM

Residential solar panels​ featured in today's 6th annual DFW Solar Tour. 

 

http://www.star-tele...le37360572.html

 

The federal tax credit for residential solar arrays expires in 2016 and is not set to be renewed, only credits for commercial installations are on the table. Maybe some of us need to contact our congressmen...



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Posted 05 October 2015 - 10:20 AM

One of the best decisions I have made for my home was installing solar panels on my roof.  Cut my bill down considerably.  I would highly recommend anyone thinking of going solar to just do it.



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Posted 12 October 2015 - 06:50 AM

Great news for energy independence and environment as renewable energy make gains over fossil fuels:

 

http://www.star-tele...le38120067.html

 

The sorts of renewables covered in the article are still centralized and grid-dependent though. Large scale solar and wind farms are dependent on corporate financing and massive expenditures needed to bring that energy to urban areas where it is needed. Where is the push to decentralize energy production through rooftop solar arrays for electricity and heating? Well it is going away, as federal and state tax incentives for home and other building owners to clean up and stand apart from dirty corporate fuel-burning and centralized corporate-controlled energy farms are being phased out. 



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Posted 12 October 2015 - 07:30 AM

Scary stuff surrounding the proposed sale of sale Oncor to Hunt Consolidated, the shield company for Ray Hunt Oil, and other investors. Do we trust Texas regulators to actually look out for consumers against the interests of big energy? S-T Opinion piece from Bob Jackson, director of AARP Texas:

 

http://www.star-tele...le38482869.html



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Posted 12 October 2015 - 07:47 AM

Scary stuff surrounding the proposed sale of sale Oncor to Hunt Consolidated, the shield company for Ray Hunt Oil, and other investors. Do we trust Texas regulators to actually look out for consumers against the interests of big energy? S-T Opinion piece from Bob Jackson, director of AARP Texas:

 

http://www.star-tele...le38482869.html

 

That's one of the more ignorant articles I've ever read.  Why would Ray Hunt (a local Dallasite) do a worse job with Oncor than its previous owners, which were a bunch of private equity funds who, by the very definition of private equity, focus on profits above all else?



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Posted 30 October 2015 - 08:21 AM

S-T editorial: Texas most improved state for energy-efficiency, but Fort Worth lags behind other cities in e-e policies:

 

http://www.star-tele...le41860380.html



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Posted 30 October 2015 - 10:12 AM

Once Fort Worth adopts the 2015 IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) it will probably improve quite a bit, we're still under the 2009 IECC. I have heard that we are skipping the 2012 International codes. I doubt that very many builders, developers and designers are looking forward to the change.


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