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City Efficiency Leadership Council - September Newsletter

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Image courtesy of Metrus Energy

CELC Webinar: Sustainable Energy as a Service

October 15, 2020, 9-11 AM
ICC CEUs available

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.

Speaker: Aaron Schneider, Director of Sales, Metrus Energy


Energy Efficiency Day is October 7

Investing in energy efficiency is a great way for a local government to save money on energy and water utility costs and demonstrate leadership to the community it serves. Check out the blog post Pitching EE Day to Local Governments, written by SPEER, to learn how cities municipalities can continue to step up.

Make sure you are on the list of supporters for this year’s Energy Efficiency Day - October 7! Sign up now and start using the #EEDay2020 hashtag. 

UPDATE: Local Government Energy Reporting

As many of you may be aware, today is the last day of the State fiscal year. In years past this was also the first day to start submitting mandatory Local Government Energy Reporting to the State Energy Conservation Office. The Texas Health and Safety Code §388.005(c) requires political subdivisions in a non-attainment areas or affected counties to establish a goal to reduce electric consumption by at least five percent each state year and report on progress to the State Energy Conservation Office. 

NEW FOR 2020:

The reporting form for 2020 is not yet available. The reporting process is under going some modifications.

2020 reports will not be due until February 1, 2021, and will cover CALENDAR year 2020. 

Check back here or on the SECO website for further updates. If you have questions about reporting requirements please reach out to me at

Texas Energy Summit 2020
November 10-12 & 17-19, 2020

Now in its 17th year, the Texas Energy Summit explores the intersection of energy systems, emissions reductions, and economic development. The Summit creates a space to collaboratively develop policy solutions that lead to cleaner air and a stronger economy for Texas. 

Scholarships available for local and state governments and public entities courtesy of SECO


Scholarships available for non-profit employees courtesy of ONCOR, Environmental Defense Fund and the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation.




Create jobs and protect the climate? Analysis shows these investments would deliver.
Lowell Ungar, ACEEE, September 2, 2020
ACEEE modeled 17 different proposed energy efficiency programs and tax incentives Congress could fund—to create jobs quickly while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing energy costs for households and businesses, and cutting air pollution for many years to come. These initiatives result in:
  • 660,000 added job-years through 2023, and 1.3 million added job-years over the lifetime of the investments and savings
  • 910 million tons of lifetime reduced carbon dioxide emissions
  • $120 billion in lifetime energy bill savings
California Plans to Ban Sales of New Gas-Powered Cars in 15 Years
Brad Plumer and Jill Cowan, New York Times, September 23, 2020
Gov. Gavin Newsom announces California plans to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars statewide by 2035, in a sweeping move aimed at accelerating the state’s efforts to combat global warming amid a deadly and record-breaking wildfire season.

Woodlands Water Partners with Ameresco to Implement Automatic Metering Infrastructure
Market Watch, September 9, 2020
The AMI project will optimize the operations of Woodlands Water by creating a more efficient and effective water distribution system, while enhancing transparency for customers into water consumption and their monthly bills.

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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