Clean Energy

At the forefront of the clean energy revolution

Austin is leading the clean energy revolution. Our vibrant region is home to industry-leading wind turbine and photovoltaic manufacturers. We also support clean energy research and development, biofuels and energy storage with our highly educated workforce, globally respected research institutions, top-tier infrastructure and winning entrepreneurial spirit. The Austin Clean Energy Council, adopted as a part of Opportunity Austin, works to develop and support specific public/private partnerships to increase the potential of the greater Austin economy, promote new clean energy technology, and more.

Our clean energy engine includes:

  • An established center for clean technology headquarters, R&D, and manufacturing operations – Austin has over 200 existing clean technology companies that employ 20,000 people
  • The University of Texas Clean Energy Incubator: a clean energy start-up resource provider
  • Clean TX: a networking and resource group
  • Pecan Street Research Institute: a partnership between the city of Austin, Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin Energy, Environmental Defense Fund and the University of Texas at Austin to beta-test new smart grid technologies

Our successful business climate and excellent quality of life make the Austin region an obvious choice for business growth. Check out the Greater Austin Profile to learn more.

Interested in relocating your business to Central Texas? Check out our Central Texas Economic Development Guide or Request information here.

  • Active Power's flywheel storage systems store kinetic energy for short-term backup power—providing efficient, reliable and green battery-free power supply solutions.
  • Advanced Micro Devices' (AMD) new Lone Star Campus in southwest Austin achieved for a Gold LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council through features such as one of the largest roof-based rainwater collection and recycling systems in the world, as well as using 100% renewable energy from the Austin Energy's GreenChoice program and recycling 75% of waste from construction.
  • In early 2008, the Clean Technology & Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), a not-for-profit industry trade organization committed to the commercialization and global adoption of clean technologies and sustainable industry practices, designated Austin as the organization's new global headquarters.
  • CleanFUEL USA in Georgetown, Texas has established itself as the leading global manufacturer of certified and alternative fuel equipment for both propane and E-85.
  • Fallbrook Technologies, a company that makes advanced transmission systems that improves energy efficiency, named Cedar Park as its headquarters in November 2012.
  • Green Mountain Energy, the nation's leading provider of cleaner energy and carbon offset solutions, has been headquartered in Austin since 2000. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources such as wind and water and carbon offset products through its BeGreen division. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid over 4.9 million tons of CO2 emissions.
  • SolarBridge Technologies, a company that makes integrated microinverter for the solar industry, relocated from Champaign, IL to Austin in 2009.
  • SunPower, the solar panel manufacturer with the largest residential and commercial installed base, selected Austin in 2010 for a major corporate operations center including project management, HR, marketing, finance and legal.  
  • TECO-Westinghouse Motor Co. formed a partnership with California-based Composite Technology Corp., a wind turbine company, to produce next generation technology for wind turbines at TECO-Westinghouse's facility in Round Rock.
  • Valence Technology has been at the forefront of energy storage design and development for 20 years. Valence's lithium iron magnesium phosphate is powering submarines, hybrid buses and electric vehicles. The company's lithium iron magnesium phosphate technology is breaking away from earlier lithium cobalt solutions to safely power applications where long-life, safety, reliability and high performance are a necessity.

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce has organized and sponsored a Clean Energy Council. Austin Energy is a participant in the Council, and it includes local business leaders that have an interest in the evolution of clean technologies, sector expansion and growth, and the well being of the local economy. The CEC meets quarterly.

Action Agenda

The Austin Clean Energy Council, on behalf of the Austin Chamber has taken on the following tasks, among others:

  • Develop and support specific public/private partnerships to increase the potential of the greater Austin economy within the overall strategic plan.
  • Promote broader information dissemination to alert new clean energy technology related industry, nationally and internationally, of the Austin Clean Energy Initiative and other Clean Tech assets, as part of the Chamber's larger efforts to publicize its business climate, workforce, and quality of life.
  • Support the City of Austin/Austin Energy plans and investment strategy, through local Chamber and public educational forums or venues, as well as through a local educational campaign especially as it relates to the Plug-in Partners National Campaign.
  • Monitor and support appropriate state-level policy initiatives intended to support research, development, demonstration and/or commercialization of new energy, information and communications technologies such as the Governor's Industry Cluster Initiative as well as the development of utility and energy, information and communications policy by the legislature.
  • Similarly, work with the State Energy Conservation Office, and others to monitor, support current programs existing to promote widespread adoption of clean energy use.
  • Educate the Commercial real estate development community to benefits of sustainable building design. Partner and coordinate with UT's School of Architecture, City of Austin Green Building program, USGBC, Urban Land Institute and others.

Members

  • Actacell
  • Aerotek – Energy Service
  • AlgEternal Technologies
  • AMD
  • Andrews Kurth
  • Atonometrics
  • Austin Energy
  • Austin Technology Incubator
  • AWEA
  • Balcones Resources
  • Baryonyx Corporation
  • Carbon Shrinks
  • Carr Riggs & Ingram
  • CBRE
  • CCET
  • Chesapeake Energy
  • Cielo Wind Power
  • Circuit of the Americas
  • Cisco Systems
  • City of Austin-EGRSO
  • City of Austin-Office of Sustainability
  • CleanFuel USA
  • Cleantech Open
  • CleanTX Foundation
  • Complete Energy Systems
  • Concurrent Design
  • Crider Americas Solar
  • CTSI
  • D E Perkins Consulting
  • Dell
  • Duff & Phelps, LLC
  • Environment Texas
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Environmental Systems Corporation
  • Firefly LED Lighting
  • Freescale
  • Fulbright & Jaworski
  • General Electric
  • Good Company Associates
  • Graeber, Simmons & Cowan
  • Green Bank
  • Green Energy Audit Certification
  • Green Mountain Energy Company
  • Green Technology Alliance
  • GreenHostIt.com
  • Haynes and Boone
  • HelioVolt
  • Hill Country Ecopower
  • Ideal Power Converters
  • Incenergy
  • Lois Paul & Partners
  • Maxwell Locke & Ritter
  • Meridian Solar
  • Midas Green Tech
  • Pecan Street, Inc.
  • Plains Exploration & Production
  • Rabago Energy
  • REOC Austin
  • Reznick Group
  • Rowan Communication
  • S Cubed Studio
  • SECO
  • Sheetak
  • SIEMENS Industry, Inc.
  • Solarbridge Technologies
  • St. Edward's University
  • Stanberry Commercial
  • SunPower
  • SXSW
  • TECO-Westinghouse
  • Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities
  • Texas General Land Office
  • Texas Solar Power Company
  • The Butler Firm
  • TIPstrategies
  • Tokyo Electron
  • TREIA
  • True North Associates
  • University Federal Credit Union
  • UT Austin-Center for Electromechanics
  • UT Austin-Department of Chemical Engineering
  • UT Austin-Energy & Earth Resources
  • Venti Energy
  • Virtus Energy
  • Weber Shandwick
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Winstead PC
  • Xtreme Power

Join The Conversation »

  • Request Information
  • For information on relocating your company to Austin, please contact: John King, Director, Economic Development, 512.322.5611 or jking@austinchamber.com
  • For existing Austin companies seeking assistance, please contact: Maggie Bishop, Director, Business Retention & Expansion, 512.322.5687 or mbishop@austinchamber.com

The Austin metro population expanded by 36% from 2002 to 2012, while Texas grew at a rate of 20% and the nation at 9%