Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance

TREIA is at the forefront of the Texas clean energy industry -- advocating for the advancement of the electricity system of the future, creating market and educational opportunities for its members, and convening thought leaders across the clean energy ecosystem.

AUSTIN, TX (July 14, 2015)…The Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance (TREIA) appoints a new executive director, Mark Sanders, and announces the launch of GridNEXT – a new industry initiative and focus of its annual conference. Sanders will lead the organization as it celebrates its 30th anniversary this year advocating for renewable energy in Texas. TREIA’s GRIDNext Conference, set for November 11-13, will focus on the topic of building a grid of the future that integrates maximum solar, wind, geothermal and other clean energy resources across Texas.

Sanders brings more than 20 years in renewable energy, entrepreneurial and research experience to TREIA.  Sanders was formerly executive director of the Building Energy Retrofit Institute. He served as a program manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he led the implementation of third-party-financed federal clean energy projects and commercialization of advanced energy technologies.  Prior to joining LBNL, Mark founded TurnKey Environmental, an environmental contracting company providing restoration and abatement technologies, which was subsequently acquired by Mar Cor Purification. 

Sanders has a PhD in Building Energy and Environment from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA in entrepreneurship from Babson College.  He is a licensed professional engineer, certified energy manager, and is an accredited LEED AP by the U.S. Green Building Council.

“Texas is at the center of an energy revolution, with tremendous potential to lead the nation in clean energy,” said Hala Ballouz, president of TREIA. “As an alliance our mission is to accelerate the transition of our state into the clean energy future by convening thought leaders and tapping expertise from across the industry, and Mark Sanders will be a tremendous asset in spearheading our efforts.” 

Save the Date: GridNEXT Conference November 11-13
TREIA will host its 30th annual conference in Houston on November 11-13 with the timely theme, “GridNEXT: Advancing Clean Energy on the New Texas Grid.”  Featuring industry experts, thought leaders and utility innovators, the conference will focus on the business, policy and regulatory innovations now on the horizon to build a next-generation electric grid and bring renewable energy to scale in Texas. For a full agenda and list of speakers, go to www.treia.org/conference.

Why Texas?
Texas represents a huge energy market and opportunity for those seeking to enter or expand business in the Texas industry. According to the Energy Information Administration, Texas is responsible for 10 percent of our nation’s electricity consumption, making it the greatest electricity consuming state in the U.S.  In addition, Texas has the fastest growing population among the five most populous states.  The combination of these factors amounts to 450,000 new consumers or 6,800 GWh each year.  

The Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance is a nonprofit organization working to promote and advance the clean energy industry in Texas.  As an alliance, TREIA’s stakeholders are involved in solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biofuel, hydro, energy storage and energy efficiency efforts across the state of Texas. TREIA members represent diverse private and public-sector clean energy concerns working to scale the renewable industry in Texas, grow the  economy and create jobs.  


For more information, contact:
Nancy Edwards
Clean Power Marketing Group