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City Efficiency Leadership Council
2020 (is Over!)view

Hello  <<First Name>>,

Well that was an interesting year.

2020 was a year of contrasts at CELC. The trials of this year cannot be overstated. Local governments across the State have demonstrated unprecedented leadership in the face of a public health and economic crisis that will define a generation.  Our resilience has been tested, as has our patience with Zoom. 

Through it all I have been astonished and inspired by you - city and county staff, school districts, state agencies, non-profit advocates, service providers, educators, and partners near and far.  Thank you for all your hard work and sharing your time and successes with us. You put the "leader" in City Efficiency Leadership Council! (I hope you cracked a smile at that cheese!)

Despite challenges including transitioning to entirely online content and resulting webinar fatigue, I am so proud of the work we have done here at CELC in 2020:
Thank you to our partners at the State Energy Conservation Office and HARC. And thanks to all of you for a great year. I hope you and yours have happy holidays and a joyful new year. 


In this newsletter:

SPEER's Year in Review

As we put 2020 in the review mirror, let's take a look at the brighter side as we share a few of SPEER's accomplishments and milestones from this trying year. 

SPEER's New Strategic Direction 2021 - 2023

SPEER is proud of all our programs have accomplished, including the City Efficiency Leadership Council. And we are excited to look ahead to the future. This week our Executive Director Todd McAlister announced SPEER's New Strategic Direction.

As many of us are anticipating the New Year in hopes of change and brighter days, SPEER is also looking ahead to the future.  The SPEER Board of Directors alongside our SPEER Team has developed a new direction and Strategic Plan for the organization.  Though we will continue to maintain our focus on Energy Efficiency and all the tremendous advantages EE has to offer, we also recognize the ever changing technological and educational environment in which we live.  With this in mind, SPEER will be focusing on six main components (Technology & Innovation, Advocacy, Collaboration, Membership, Communications, and Financial Management) as we move ahead, all in an effort to achieve even greater results for our efforts and for YOU, our members and partners.
We hope that you all take a moment to view our opportunities as an organization through the strategic plan as well as view our end of year video that highlights many of our energies during this past year.  SPEER and our team wishes to you all a safe and joyful holiday season, and best to you and yours.

Todd McAlister
Executive Director


READ THE PLAN: SPEER Strategic Direction 2021-2023

CELC Central Texas Regional Roundtable
The Public Utility Commission of Texas and Local Governments

Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 9-11 AM


The next round of City Efficiency Leadership Council regional roundtables will feature a discussion about the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). Our speaker will discuss how PUCT establishes energy policy for Texas, upcoming energy issues (storage, renewables, efficiency), and how Texas local governments are represented. 

Speaker: Eric Goff, Eric W Goff, LLC

Who: Representatives of public agencies including cities, counties, school districts, and Councils of Governments.

This meeting is closed to vendors or service providers.
Meetings are available to any public sector representative statewide, regardless of regional affiliation.

CELC Webinar: Microgrids and Combined Heat and Power for Resilience, Emissions Reduction, and Savings

Thursday, January 28, 9-10 AM CST


Join us to learn how microgrids and combined heat and power can provide significant operational savings and benefits to your facilities. Gavin Dillingham, Director of the Department of Energy’s Southcentral CHP Technical Assistance Partnership, will discuss the benefits CHP can provide to local and state facilities including improving resilience, reducing emissions, integrating onsite renewable energy and lowering overall operating costs. Doug Edgar, VP of Operations with White Harvest Energy, will share a case study of Wesleyan University’s CHP project including the University’s considerations in building the system and outcomes of the project.

- Gavin Dillingham, Director, DOE Southcentral CHP Technical Assistance Partnership
- Doug Edgar, VP of Operations, White Harvest Energy

Biden expected to name Jennifer Granholm as pick for DOE

Multiple news sources are reporting that President-Elect Joe Biden intends to name former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as his pick to lead the Department of Energy. Ms. Granholm is a long-time advocate for the transition to clean, renewable energy sources. Ms. Granholm, if confirmed, will join a Biden energy and environment team that is also expected to include former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy as Senior Advisor on Climate Change and Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary.

Read more about the team:
Biden's Climate Team Begins to Take Shape
Carol Davenport and Lisa Friedman, The New York Times, Dec. 15, 2020  

Local Government / State Agency Energy Reporting Form Now Live

The State mandated Local Government Energy Efficiency and Reporting process and form was updated for 2020 reporting.  2020 reports are due February 1, 2021, and will cover CALENDAR year 2020. 

The 2020 Local Government and State Agency Energy Reporting form is now live on SECO's website.
SPEER has developed a Frequently Asked Questions guide to support political subdivisions with their 2020 reporting is available to answer questions or provide technical support to any reporting entities. If you have questions about reporting requirements please reach out to me at

Texas Clean Energy Hub

HARC, a Texas-based research non-profit organization with expertise in identifying and supporting cost-effective, practical solutions to speed the transition to a decarbonized and resilient energy system, has launched the Texas Clean Energy Hub. The Clean Energy Hub, funded by the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), houses a variety of interactive tools, podcasts, webinars, guides, and case studies to help accelerate the adoption of distributed generation and energy efficiency projects in Texas.

What is the City Efficiency Leadership Council?

A cooperative of city leaders and officials throughout Texas and Oklahoma furthering the adoption of energy management best practices in the public sector. Our peer-to-peer network is open to employees of any public entity, including city and county governments, public school districts, and other publicly-funded entities. For more information, check out our flyer

Questions or interested in getting involved with the City Efficiency Leadership Council? Get in touch! 

Cassidy Ellis 
Local Governments Program Manager, SPEER
512-279-0765 or

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