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City Efficiency Leadership Council
March Newsletter
Hello  <<First Name>>,

Big news at CELC! This is my last newsletter as the Local Government Program Manager at SPEER. I want to thank each of you for all the support you have provided this program. I have learned an incredible amount from this remarkable network. Thank you all for your amazing work and for sharing your successes with me!

The City Efficiency Leadership Council will continue in excellent hands. SPEER's acting Executive Director Kelly Herbert and Todd McAlister will support the program until my replacement is announced. 

All the best, 
Cassidy

In this newsletter:

CELC Statewide Roundtable - 87th Legislative Session Special

Energy, Cities, and the 87th Legislative Session

Monday, April 12, 2021, 9-11 AM CST

REGISTER

The 87th Legislative session is in full swing. Thousands of bills have been introduced including many bills impacting energy, job creation, and the State's response to the outages from February storms. In a special statewide CELC meeting we will discuss the session, including a discussion of introduced bills that are relevant to public sector energy management and sustainability goals.

Speakers: Todd McAlister, Kelly Herbert, and Shannon Noble, SPEER

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

This meeting is closed to vendors or service providers.

SPEER's Bill Tracker

SPEER continues to closely monitor and work with our allied partners to develop legislative solutions that can positively impact ALL Texans. Over the past year plus, not only has a world-wide pandemic affected energy use in the Lone Star State, the recent winter storm of 2021 exposed vulnerabilities within the Texas power structure that bring to light the need for greater efficiency measures, as well as, greater capabilities to enhance the resiliency of the Texas power grid. Energy Efficiency continues to be a force-multiplier for the Texas power system and several key legislative elements could help to increase the amount of energy saved while just as importantly, saving Texans millions of dollars a year in energy costs and helping to improve quality of life for all.

Explore the bills here, and below, that we are following related to energy efficiency, energy codes, storage, innovation, resiliency and more that will significantly benefit Texans and our economy.  Don't forget you can follow all bills, legislative activity, and live broadcasts at https://capitol.texas.gov/

 

Download SPEER's Bill Tracker

CELC Webinar: Remote Energy Assessments and Savings with EnerWisely

RESCHEDULED

Thursday, April 1, 2021, 9-10 AM

The expansion of access to energy data creates the potential for customers to better manage their energy use and spending than ever before. Yet, the average user does not have the time or expertise to analyze data and identify savings opportunities. In a world that tracks calories, steps, and miles; people should know what affects their Real Energy Cost. The reality is that electricity plans and rates are just the tip of the iceberg.

In this month's webinar Patricia Vega with Quantum New Energy will share how EnerWisely empowers customers to understand the hidden factors making your bills sky-rocket. Through a partnership with ENERGY STAR, EPA's program, the platform offers users easy access to energy analysis and identifies energy efficiency opportunities remotely.

Learn More: https://youtu.be/pdsLosVVclM

Speaker: Patricia Vega, President and CEO, Quantum New Energy

REGISTER

CELC Webinar: CEER Connecting pollution, place and public health

Thursday, April 22, 9-10 AM

In our April webinar we will learn about the work of the Coalition for Environment, Equity, and Resilience (CEER). CEER’s mission is to raise awareness of the connections between pollution, place and the public's health. The coalition brings together 25 organizations to work with communities throughout the Gulf region impacted by environmental pollution, hazards, and climate change. Their collective work focuses on advancing policy that will transform systems to put people over profits, center communities of color who are disproportionately impacted and address the legacy of environmental injustice that harms communities. The coalition works directly with community, government officials, regulatory bodies and other stakeholders to act on policy solutions that strengthen equity, public health and resilience.

Speakers: Iris Gonzalez, Coalition Director, Carmen Cavezza, Community Organizer, CEER

 

REGISTER

Local Government Energy Reporting Data Available Online


The “Energy Consumption Reporting Dashboard” is now live and accessible to the public on the State Energy Conservation Website. The Dashboard is a repository of data submitted for Local Government and State Agency Energy Reporting.
 
Access the dashboard on the SECO website: https://comptroller.texas.gov/programs/seco/reporting/local-gov.php
 
If you submitted a 2020 Local Government or State Agency Energy Report your report is viewable and downloadable on the dashboard.
 
If you notice any errors or need to make corrections to your report please email SECO.Reporting@cpa.texas.gov by the March 31, 2021.

Energy efficiency is often the lowest cost way to reduce a city's carbon footprint. Have you checked out our full Actions Cities Can Take to Support Energy Efficiency in Texas blog series lately? From making a plan, prioritizing savings, to developing a PACE district. There are many ways your city can support EE.

NOTICE: Governmental Alternative Fuel Fleet Grant Program Coming Soon!


The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) program is providing advanced notice for the opening of the Governmental Alternative Fuel Fleet (GAFF) grant program. Grants will be awarded to eligible applicants on a competitive basis for projects to purchase or lease new on-road vehicles that operate on the following alternative fuels:

  • compressed natural gas;
  • liquefied natural gas;
  • liquefied petroleum gas;
  • hydrogen fuel cells; or
  • electricity, including electricity to power fully electric motor vehicles and plug-in hybrid motor vehicles. 

Up to 10% of awarded funds may be granted for the purchase, lease, or installation of refueling infrastructure or equipment, or refueling services in conjunction with an eligible vehicle purchase or lease. Application forms may not be submitted until the grant program officially opens. The grant round will remain open for approximately 60 days, with the official opening planned for April 2021.

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible applicants include state agencies, counties, municipalities, school districts, junior college districts, river authorities, water districts or other special districts, or other political subdivisions that own and operate a fleet of more than 15 motor vehicles. Eligible applicants may include a commercial mass transit or school transportation provider that operates on the behalf of a school district or county transportation system.

Eligible Areas:

Grants under this solicitation will be available statewide, but priority will be given to projects located in or near the nonattainment areas and in the affected counties. 

Grant Amounts:

TCEQ has established pre-determined grant amounts for the purchase or lease of eligible vehicles. Grant amounts by vehicle class are provided below.

Class 1 Vehicles - $15,000

Class 2-3 Vehicles - $20,000

Class 4-6 Vehicles - $35,000

Class 7-8 Vehicles - $70,000 

Join the Webinar:

TCEQ will host an informational webinar on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 1:00pm C.T. The webinar will be free and open to the public. Please RSVP to terp@tceq.texas.gov to receive instructions for joining the webinar. 

Please contact us toll-free at 800-919-TERP (8377) or by email at terp@tceq.state.tx.us with any questions. 

City Efficiency News
 

Texas must increase ties to the national grid and DER to avoid another power catastrophe, analysts say
Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, March 2, 2021
Planning for inter-regional transmission and distributed resources could do what ERCOT’s competitive, energy-only market didn’t – keep the heat and lights on, energy advisors say.

Biden, States Kick Off Pivotal Year for Appliance Efficiency Standards
Andrew deLaski, ACEEE, March 8, 2021
The Biden administartion and state level momentum is building to strengthen the energy-saving standards that cover dozens of household and commercial products.

Electricity repricing bill hits wall in House, marking first major schism with Senate this session
Shawn Mulcahy, Cassandra Polluck, and Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune, March 16, 2021
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the House "stood for big business" after Speaker Dade Phelan signaled skepticism about reversing billions of dollars in charges for wholesale electricity during last month’s winter storm

 

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! 


512-279-0765 or cities@eepartnership.org

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