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City Efficiency Leadership Council
November 2020 Newsletter

Hello  <<First Name>>,

SPEER and CELC had a very busy and exciting November. SPEER signed on to urge President-Elect Biden to use existing authorities to save money and cut energy waste through energy efficiency. In preparation for upcoming Local Government and State Energy Reporting, I prepared an FAQ guide. We are looking forward to a round of CELC Regional Roundtables over the next two months. I hope all public sector folks will join in the conversation!

I hope you and yours had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving last week and are looking forward to the rest of the Holiday season. 


In this newsletter:

CELC Regional Roundtables: Winter 2020/21
The Public Utility Commission of Texas and Local Governments

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.
All three meetings will feature the same topic and speaker, though specific discussions will focus on regional topics. Meetings are available to any public sector representative statewide, regardless of regional affiliation.

TOMRROW! North Central Texas 
December 1, 2020, 9-11 AM

Gulf Coast 
December 9, 2020, 9-11 AM

Central Texas
January 13, 2021, 9-11 AM

SPEER Amongst Group Urging Biden to Use Existing Authorities to Cut Energy Waste, Carbon from Buildings

In a Biden administration, half a dozen federal agencies should use their authority under existing laws to create jobs, reduce consumers’ utility bills, and mitigate climate change by reducing energy waste from homes and buildings, a coalition of groups urged the President-elect in a letter Monday. SPEER is a proud signatory of the letter alongside 26 other organizations, including energy efficiency advocates, business associations, and environmental and consumer groups.

To read the press release online, visit:

Local Government / State Agency Energy Reporting
Frequently Asked Questions


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 new Local Government / State Agency Energy Reporting form will be live on the State Energy Conservation website in mid-December.
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

City Efficiency Toolkit

Did you know the SPEER website has a ton of free resources for supporting your energy management and sustainability goals? 

Reducing energy and water consumption and saving money is an excellent goal for any publicly funded entity. But sometimes knowing where to start and what resources are available to help develop an efficiency program can be a challenge. The City Efficiency Toolkit is a resource for local governments, school districts, and other public entities interested in establishing or building their energy efficiency programs and initiatives.

NCTCOG Electric School Bus Webinar Series

School districts are invited to attend a three-part webinar series on electric school buses. As zero-emission vehicles, electric school buses provide several key benefits:

  • Protect student and driver health by reducing exposure to pollutants in bus exhaust
  • Support a cleaner environment - no tailpipe emissions into the air, and no fuel spills to contaminate water
  • Reduce bus operating and maintenance costs for the district

Join this webinar series to learn more and determine if these buses are a good fit for your district. These webinars have been organized by the North Central Texas Council of Governments/DFW Clean Cities in collaboration with stakeholders across Texas, including state agencies, regional councils of governments, Clean Cities Coalitions, electric utilities, and environmental organizations.

Webinar 1: Thursday, December 3 at 10:00am CT
Webinar 2: Wednesday, December 16 at 10:00am CT
Webinar 3: Wednesday, January 13 at 10:00am CT

Register via the DFW Clean Cities website,

Energy Services Coalition - Texas Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, December 2, 1-3 PM

Join Zoom Meeting:

(346)248-7799 / Meeting ID: 927 1644 9202

The Energy Services Coalition (ESC) is a national network of public, private, and non-profit sector experts engaged in promoting the adoption of energy efficiency and building upgrades through guaranteed energy savings performance contracting (GESPC).

The ESC Texas Chapter is co-chaired by the State Energy Conservation Office and is composed of public sector representatives, state agencies, energy service companies, and non-profit energy efficiency organizations.

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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