NTREG has been invited to take a tour of the new ONCOR "micro-grid" facility. This systgem is the first of its kind in the Metroplex! The system includes solar panels and other hardware - but also adds a unique aspect: batteries! In the event of a failure of the utility power, this micro-grid system will continue to provide electricity to a select group of homes that are serving as test sites. Come see the future of solar energy today!

Free. Preregistration required. See website for details.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced three public hearings to be held for three proposed rules titled, “Source Determination for Certain Emission Units in the Oil and Natural Gas Sector,” “Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New and Modified Sources,” and “Review of New Sources and Modifications in Indian Country: Federal Implementation Plan for Managing Air Emissions from True Minor Sources Engaged in Oil and Natural Gas Production in Indian Country.” Two hearings will be held on September 23, 2015, simultaneously—one in Denver, CO, and one in Dallas, TX.

Monthly series hosted by Earth Day Texas and the Westwood School, featuring a panel experts talking around a theme. This month, the topic is Smart Energy. Free.

The tour enables people to learn how their neighbors – homeowners and businesses alike – are using solar energy, wind energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies to save money and consume less of our natural resources. The strategies and techniques on display during this year’s tour range from things as simple and easy as changing to LED light bulbs and selecting more efficient appliances, to cutting-edge, ultra-efficient eco-homes and businesses that are generating as much or more energy than they consume.

Most sites are open between 10 am and 4 pm (check individual sites for exceptions, non-standard tour times are indicated in red). Homeowners or NTREG volunteers will be available at each site to provide information, share experiences and answer questions. Visit the Locations page and follow the links for each host site to see its visiting hours along with maps, directions, and a brief property description and photos provided by the host site.


Want to Win Prizes? Play the Energy Games!

Energy Games is a fun, easy way to learn about solar energy and energy efficiency.

Register for Energy Games before Sept. 12 and you’ll be eligible to play and win prizes including a $500 gift card donated by DFW Solar Tour Sponsor IKEA!

Energy Games starts on Sept. 14 and runs through Sept. 27, leading up to the DFW Solar Tour on Oct. 3.

You can register to play and download the game now. Registration closes Sept. 12 and is limited to the first 500 participants, so please register early!

Energy Games is part of a research study from the Energy Systems Transformation group at The University of Texas at Austin and the North Texas Renewable Energy Group. Please remember this research study is open to residents of the DFW area only.


Documentary on the Deepwater Horizon explosion of 2010, the worst oil spill in American history. Refreshments provided. Audience discussion follows. Free. Info: JudAnnWat@sbcglobal.net

Earlier this month, President Obama and the EPA issued the Clean Power Plan, the biggest step the U.S. has ever taken to tackle global warming. The rule requires Texas power plants to reduce carbon emissions approximately 34 percent by 2030.  

Dallas County Judge Jenkins, philanthropist Trammell Crow and others will discuss how global warming is impacting the Dallas-Fort Worth area and what the Clean Power Plan will mean for Texas.

Monthly Agenda

​​11:00-11:30 CCL Denton Meeting

11:30-12:00 CCL Monthly Actions Practice

12:00 - 1:00 National Call 

Each month CCL volunteers from around the country gather locally for a conference call where we do three things: educate ourselves by listening to a guest speaker, celebrate our accomplishments, take coordinated action. 

August speaker: Sam Daley-Harris, Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation. 

Harris will join our August call and coach us on best practices to ensure that our actions have the greatest impact with members of Congress. After 15 years with RESULTS, Sam founded the Microcredit Summit Campaign, which he left in 2012 to establish the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation.


Brett Cease, CCL Co-Lead Denton Chapter; PhD Student in Public Policy, UTD. 218-766-0830, brettw.cease@gmail.com

A free, family-oriented event, helps build a sense of community, stimulates environmental awareness, and promotes stewardship across North Texas. Free.

Residents are invited to attend the City of Arlington’s Urban Drilling Educational Forum.

In an effort to increase transparency, the Urban Drilling Educational Forum will provide attendees with information on the roles and responsibilities of the local and state regulating authorities in urban drilling.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to listen to panelists, view presentations and ask questions about the regulation of urban drilling.

Representatives from the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the City of Arlington (COA) are scheduled to participate.