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Hello CELC members, 

The other day my daughter and I were at a park enjoying the cooler weather.  During our time at the park, staff were performing maintenance; they were all using electric equipment.  More parks and local governments are choosing electric landscaping equipment. In addition, I am seeing more neighbors choosing electric lawnmowers for their yard maintenance.   The decisions to use electric landscape equipment vary from the desire for eco-friendly or quieter equipment.  In California, the governor signed a bill that would phase out the sale of new gas-powered lawn equipment by 2024.  Any cities with experience with the electrification of operational equipment, please reach out and share your story at

In this newsletter we have upcoming webinars, CELC Roundtables, what we are listening to and job opportunities.

All the best,

Shaun Auckland  

 Toolkit Spotlight
ERCOT Interconnection Visualization Tool 

The ERCOT Interconnection Visualization Tool has been created to help with tracking new generation activity across the state.  The tool provides an opportunity to track investment in generation and to identify trends that will facilitate further investment decisions.  This tool is aimed to help project developers, regulators, and policy makers have a better understanding of the state of generation activity, market trends and impacts of policy and regulatory decisions.  For market data, trend analysis and more information, please contact:
SPEER Events

City Efficiency Leadership Council (CELC) Gulf Texas "Virtual" Roundtable - Fall 2021

SPEER, in collaboration with the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) and Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), invites you to become part of the City Efficiency Leadership Council (CELC). The CELC is a collaborative of cities, school districts, and other public entities across the state, engaged in sharing opportunities for partnership and resource exchange to expand the adoption of energy management best practices.  There will be a presentation that highlights a new report, Leading Practices in Climate Adaptation, from the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), a leader in climate adaptation for over a decade. The report offers a suite of practical and tested actions, supported by examples from WUCA members’ experiences, to help utilities develop and implement effective climate adaptation programs.   

In this meeting we will discuss:
• "Strategies for Adapting to a Changing Climate Together" presented by Heather Dalrymple, Austin Water’s Climate Protection Consultant 
• Introductions of Roundtable participants 
• Discuss the concepts how they can be applied in energy efficient climate adaptation

Presenter: Heather Dalrymple, Austin Water’s Climate Protection Consultant 

10/21 Gulf Region* -REGISTER HERE
11/4 Central Texas*- REGISTER HERE
11/18 North Texas*- REGISTER HERE

* This meeting is closed to vendors or service providers.


CELC Webinar- It’s Baked In: Keeping the Lights on During Extreme Weather Events

Power outages due to extreme weather events are on the rise. Microgrids with combined heat and power can decrease the likelihood of power outages ensuring critical infrastructure buildings can stay operational, whether that for first responders, hospitals or shelters. During this webinar, learn what resources are available to support the development of your critical infrastructure microgrid and the best practices to ensure you are getting the best onsite generation for your needs.

In this webinar, we will discuss:
• Best practices for onsite generation 
• Resources are available for development of microgrid infrastructure

Speaker: Gavin Dillingham, PhD, CCP; Director, Clean Energy- Houston Advanced Research Center

When: October 28th, 2021 10:00 am- 11:00 am CDT

Register for the webinar at this link: 

Demystifying Local Government Energy Reporting Workshop

Join SPEER and CAPCOG the  to learn about the Local Government Energy Reporting Requirement for cities and counties in the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown MSA. The workshop will feature a panel with a representative from the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), a local government staff member who has reported previously, and staff from CAPCOG and SPEER. Additionally, there will be breakout sessions in order to discuss questions and concerns. The goal of the workshop is to provide useful information and tips so that local governments can successfully report in early 2022.

Register for the workshop at this link:

See Who's Hiring  
Find your next opportunity in the energy efficiency and sustainability industry.

Communications and Membership AssociatePACENation. 
PACENation seeks a talented Communications & Membership Associate to support the PACE community and to lead communications initiatives that strengthen and expand the PACE marketplace.

Program Manager- Sustainable Design, Capital Metro
This position is responsible for  managing the sustainable design process and certification of projects within the Project Connect program (Envision, AEGB, LEED, Well, etc.).  The Program Manager, Sustainable Design  will provide technical assistance and innovative design guidance to ATP staff and contractors based on research and demonstrate a deep understanding of state-of-the-art sustainability best practices and will analyze decisions based on life-cycle cost benefit, equity, and carbon/ecological footprint.

If you are a SPEER member and would like to post a job in our newsletter, please email                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Member & Partner News

Webinar: Rapidly Scaling Water Reuse Across Texas Using Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing 

Interact with experts from the Texas PACE authority, Texas Water Trade, Austin Water, and the National Wildlife Federation. We’ll introduce our new report that highlights the vast potential – as well as the challenges – of using PACE to finance the upfront capital costs of water reuse, including development of onsite infrastructure for capturing and reusing non-potable water such as rainwater and air conditioner condensate as well as connecting and reusing a utilities’ recycled wastewater (known as purple pipe infrastructure). 
Date: October 19th 

Click here to register and to see the National Wildlife Federation and Texas Living Waters Report: 

Amarillo Barfield Hotel PACE Forum on October 21 

This in-person Forum is a rare, behind the scenes look at the redevelopment of a vacant 12-story 1926 office building repurposed into a dazzling downtown Amarillo showpiece. Learn from subject matter experts about how PACE financing filled out the project’s capital stack, making this redevelopment possible, and lowered the property’s operating costs. You will also be treated to a tour of the Barfield Hotel by developer Todd Harmon, who will point out the Hotel’s energy and water saving features. This forum is a unique opportunity to learn how you can take advantage of the PACE program to lower energy and water usage or demand for your business and your community and see for yourself the stunning results in the historic Barfield Hotel:  

Click here to register:

This section contains content submitted by SPEER members and partners. As a benefit of membership, SPEER members may submit short (50-100 word) excerpts for inclusion in the newsletter by emailing Shaun Auckland at

What Are We Listening To?

Introducing Over Our Heads - The Pecan Street Podcast

On Over Our Heads, we introduce you to several of the topics we work on and the experts we meet along the way and dive into some energy and tech issues that are sometimes over our heads… often more complicated or nuanced than what you’ll find in most press coverage about clean energy. Pecan Street chief technology officer Scott Hinson talks with our guests, including FERC Commissioners, physicists, and AI experts, all of whom are working on the most pressing issues for the clean energy transition. 

What is the City Efficiency Leadership Council?
The council is 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 website

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

512-279-0765 or


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