Energy conference celebrates Georgetown's move to renewable power

CBS Austin | by Fred Cantú | Monday, October 23rd 2017

There's a new wind blowing across Texas as wind power and solar are replacing gas and coal to generate electricity for our cities. (CBS Austin)

There's a new wind blowing across Texas as wind power and solar are replacing gas and coal to generate electricity for our cities. (CBS Austin)

There's a new wind blowing across Texas as wind power and solar are replacing gas and coal to generate electricity for our cities. The price point for renewable power is becoming more attractive to budget-conscious cities and winning new converts.

The Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance -- or TREIA -- loves Georgetown for its commitment to renewable energy, something it learned from its local university. Former US Vice President Al Gore recalled the story as he opened this year’s TREIA conference in Georgetown. “It was the initial interest of Southwestern quite a few years ago in getting renewable energy that actually kind of opened the door for Georgetown to be able to see what the benefits really were," he said.

This was a friendly crowd for Gore who has ruffled his share of political feathers by trashing oil and gas. But the dropping cost of renewable energy is making converts. Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross is among them. He says, “It's no secret Vice President Gore is a Democrat and it's no secret that I'm a Republican. But clean energy and good business decisions based on fact are American issues and not partisan issues."

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