2007 Energy Events Foretell the Future!
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
November 5, 2007

As many of you know, my number one transformational issue is energy! It did not take gas going up in price for me to talk about it. It is just simply critical to any community or country, especially if we as a country want to be the leader of the free world!

The silver lining of which I speak is viewed through both global and local lenses. On the global scene, I do not believe we have ever seen so much concern with energy. Beyond global warming we can easily see that from the Arab Oil Embargo of the 1970's to the recent threatened invasion into the Kurdish section of Iraq, that all of these events threaten our supply of oil and hence its price.

On Sunday, September 9, 2007, Texas' National Public Radio hosted "San Antonio is Building Green," a forum comprised of a number of local experts who imparted their knowledge on residential and commercial green building practices. Over three hundred attendees were enlightened on how various organizations across the city and the region are adopting eco-friendly measures in construction and building improvement projects.

Solar San Antonio sponsored a Power Breakfast on October 11, 2007 featuring University of Texas at Austin IC Squared Institute expert Joel Serface, Clean Energy Incubator Program Manager to speak on solar energy potential. Bruce Kellison, Associate Director of Bureau of Business Research also addressed the group.

On October 25 and 26, 2007, Solar San Antonio, the San Antonio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the U.S. Green Building Council and the San Antonio Metropolitan Partnership for Energy sponsored a "High Performance Schools Workshop" at the Bright Shawl. Wow, we packed the conference with school professionals and all those technical and policy people seeking to improve the intelligence with which schools use energy.

As I write this article, I have plans to meet for lunch tomorrow with a solar energy entrepreneur to discuss solar battery banks to recharge electric buses for our downtown. Imagine clean, renewable, fossil fuel-free and noise-free buses in our very special downtown! We can and will make it happen!

The energy revolution is on the way and as far as I am concerned, when I see $3.00 at the pump with no end to rising prices in sight, it can't come soon enough!

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