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Alliance Launched To Save Bees

Sixty-five chefs, restaurant owners and other culinary leaders joined us to launch the Bee Friendly Food Alliance. Through the Alliance, chefs and restaurateurs are calling attention to the importance of bees to our food supply, the dramatic die-off of bee populations, and the need to protect our pollinators. LEARN MORE.

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ERCOT warns of possible rolling blackouts this winter, next summer

Last winter’s rolling blackouts in Texas and the summer’s near-blackouts could occur again in the coming year if extreme weather stresses the power grid more than normal, the state’s grid operator said Thursday.

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Houston can lead on energy efficiency

Local and state officials got a wake-up call last week that we need to do more to save energy. On Thursday, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) released a report warning of continued threats of rolling blackouts this summer due to rising demand for electricity and power plants going offline. Houstonians could suffer the consequences of a strained grid even sooner, if crazy weather strikes again.

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Houston home builders could face higher efficiency standards – UPDATED

Members of the city’s Development and Regulatory Affairs Committee are meeting today to review residential building codes ahead of a Jan. 1 deadline requiring Texas cities to comply with new energy standards.

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New Codes Aim to Cut Energy Use

The international symbol for Texas’ energy-guzzling habit is a monster pickup truck — pulling another pickup truck. But homes and other buildings are also big offenders, accounting for roughly 40 percent of the state’s overall energy use.

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Analysis of Energy Savings and Incremental Construction Costs for New Single Family Homes in Houston, TX under the 2012 IECC

EECC has conducted a preliminary analysis of the energy savings and incremental construction costs associated with the possible adoption of the 2012 IECC for new, 2,400 square foot single family homes in Houston, TX. This analysis specifically aims to calculate the impact of the latest energy code compared to the city’s current code, the 2006 IECC + 15 percent.

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