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Let's Celebrate Energy Efficiency!
October 7th - Today is the day! Join us as we celebrate the fifth annual National Energy Efficiency Day alongside the 700+ signed on supporters consisting of local governments, universities, corporations, organizations, utilities and individuals. This year's message is simple. Save Money. Cut Pollution. Create Jobs. We encourage you to engage on social media using the #EEDay2020 to promote your stories and the benefits of energy efficiency. This is a great opportunity to highlight your programs, projects, initiatives or customers of your own!

Here is what is on the schedule!

>> Join the Energy Efficiency in the Time of COVID-19: How it Supports Recovery webinar at 10 AM CDT.  It will be a rapid-fire roundtable format with experts and policy leaders highlighting the many benefits of EE. They will be discussing how the sector can help put people back to work, drive economic recovery, reduce pollution, and alleviate the energy burdens of those most affected by the COVID-19 recession. The panel will also take audience questions.

  • Steve Nadel, executive director, ACEEE
  • Clay Nesler interim president, Alliance to Save Energy
  • Pat Stanton, director of policy, E4TheFuture
  • Khalil Shahyd, senior policy advocate, NRDC
>> See all Energy Efficiency day events here.   

>> Snap a photo of an energy efficiency project in your home or office! Inspire others to save energy, cut pollution, and create jobs this #EEDay2020.
EEDay Webinar Registration
Governor Abbott Declares October 7 Energy Efficiency Day!
Thank you to Governor Greg Abbott for recognizing and supporting the importance of energy efficiency in Texas and declaring a proclamation for October 7 as Energy Efficiency Day! EE helps boost the Texas economy, create jobs where so many were lost, and save consumers money while creating a healthier environment for all.
2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard Released
Yesterday the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released the 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard, which analyzes the efforts of 100 major U.S. cities to make buildings and transportation more energy efficient and scale up the use of renewable energy. It provides the most comprehensive national measuring stick for climate progress and a roadmap for future improvements. There are fact sheets for each individual city, highlighting their progress. Austin landed in the top 20, claiming spot #12! 
The new City Scorecard reveals deep gaps in U.S. clean energy efforts. As they push to tackle climate change, leading cities are growing these efforts yet many other cities are doing relatively little and lagging far behind. While it does find that leading cities are revving up their clean energy efforts, only 1/5 have community-wide greenhouse gas reduction goals and are on track to meet them.  
Upcoming Webinars
Energy Codes: Discussion with the EPA on ENERGY STAR Certified Heat Pumps

When: October 8, 1:00-2:00 PM CDT

Electric HVAC technology has come a long way in recent years, with heat pumps now able to provide both heating and cooling more efficiently. Come learn about the energy performance and savings potential of ENERGY STAR certified heat pumps as Dan Lawlor of the U.S. Environmental  Protection Agency joins us. The webinar will have 1 hour ICC CEU credit.  

CELC: Sustainable Energy as a Service

When: October 15, 9:00-11:00 AM CDT 

Sustainable Energy as a Service, (SEaaS) is a pay-for-performance structure that enables customers to get energy efficiency projects done with no upfront cost. This webinar cover what ESaaS is and how it differs from other project deliver/finance types like energy savings performance contracts, benefits to customers, and distill the project-level mechanics associated with developing and financing transactions. The speaker will discuss both specific project case studies and how EEaaS fits within a framework of increasing budget constraints among end-use customers. ICC CEU's will be available.

Speaker: Aaron Schneider, Director of Sales,
Metrus Energy
2020 Texas Energy Summit 
This year's Texas Energy Summit will examine the connection between energy systems, emissions reductions, and economic development, and allow attendees to collaborate and develop policy solutions that lead to cleaner air and a stronger economy for Texas. The Summit will be online spread over five afternoons (Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 17-18), including networking, 2.5 hours of plenary and breakout session content each day.

Scholarships available for local and state governments and public entities courtesy of SECO: Apply for public sector scholarship  

Scholarships available for non-profit employees courtesy of ONCOR, Environmental Defense Fund and the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation: Apply for non-profit scholarship  
Welcome To Our New Member: Metrus Energy!
We're excited to have Metrus Energy join us as our newest member! Metrus develops, finances, and manages sustainable energy projects enabling money savings, lower carbon emissions and the creation of healthy buildings. 
Inspiring the Next Generation of Building Experts
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® Design Challenge is a collegiate competition, comprising 10 Contests, that challenges student teams to design highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. Winning teams blend design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and building efficiency. The Solar Decathlon Design Challenge offers collegiate teams a unique opportunity to develop critical career skills that prepare them to enter the clean energy workforce.

The Solar Decathlon provides unique, hands-on experience and training that prepares competing students to enter the clean energy workforce. The competition also creates awareness for the public about more efficient technologies for homes and buildings. Technologies and solutions used in Solar Decathlon projects have advanced the building industry both in the United States and abroad. Are you interested in the 2021 Design Challenge? Read the rules and learn about application deadlines on the
Solar Decathlon website.
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