Happy Hour /food and beverages (http://www.scholzgarten.com/): 6pm-7 pm
Socializing and informal discussions on current events: 6pm-7 pm
Announcements and program begin at 7 pm
PROGRAM: Creating an Electric Grid That Runs Completely on Clean Energy … in the Real World, with Paul Robbins
A world beset by global warming needs a dramatic conversion of its energy consumption and production infrastructure. Misunderstanding about how to accomplish this conversion is pervasive. Carbon-free solutions, as well as challenges to clean energy techniques and technologies, need to be well understood by the environmentalists advocating their use. This presentation will summarize the fundamental requirements necessary to create the electric grid for this century.
Paul Robbins is a long-time environmental activist and consumer advocate. He began his career in 1977 as a volunteer opposing the South Texas Nuclear Project. Since then, he has been researching and advocating for alternative technologies and policies to promote clean energy, energy and water conservation, and resource management. He helped start Austin’s clean energy programs in the 1980s, and was instrumental in persuading the City of Austin to purchase the majority of its electricity from wind power. In 2007, the Austin City Council named a downtown district chilling plant after Paul for his work over the decades. He has won several awards including: Austin Sierra Club – Outstanding Achievement 2003, Keep Austin Beautiful award for Individual Achievement 2005, Best of Austin awards from the Austin Chronicle in 2010, 2011, and 2013.
Consider biking, carpooling, or taking Cap Metro (http://www.capmetro.org/planner) to the meeting. Free parking is available after 6pm on San Jacinto and nearby streets.