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Hello CELC members, 

I would like to invite you to the Texas Energy Summit occurring next week, March 2nd-4th.  SPEER will be leading two sessions focusing on codes and resilience solutions for local governments.  

The summit, now in its 18th year, continues to focus on the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, particularly strategies such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, electrification, and other clean energy technologies and strategies that promote air quality and public health improvements. The Texas Energy Summit has long emphasized the importance of energy management, with particular attention on the public sector. This event provides attendees the opportunity to network and engage with industry experts, state and local policymakers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, facility and energy managers, utility and energy service experts, and more in conversation about cleaner air, a better-built environment, and the Texas economy.

The event is free (complimentary) to all local governments, schools, higher education institutions, and non-profits.

To register or review the program, use this link:

All the best, and I hope to see you there!

Shaun Auckland  

SPEER Sessions at Texas Energy Summit
Energy Codes in Texas
One of the biggest drivers of shortages on the electric grid and of pollution is wasted energy in homes and buildings. For decades, energy codes have helped mitigate these problems and improved resilience and lowered energy bills for Texans. But Texas is still stuck on the 2015 energy code despite the availability of two new and improved building codes (2018 and 2021). Further, unincorporated areas of the state have no building codes at all, and even in cities where codes are adopted, compliance is often spotty.

3/2/2022 Wednesday
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Jason Vandever, Building Code Program Manager, SPEER
Cyrus Reed, Conservation Director, Lone Star Chapter, Sierra Club
Shirley Ellis, TX Building Official/ICC Board of Director , City of Bastrop
Susan Alvarez, Assistant Director, Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability, City of Dallas
Patricia Chawla, Austin Energy

Local Government Resilience Solutions
An increase in the frequency and severity of storms has increased the need for resiliency planning in the face of significant events and disturbances. Several resiliency solutions such as Community Resiliency Hubs, Nature-Based Solutions, microgrids, and weatherization are currently being implemented at the local level in Texas in response to these events. In this session, organizations working in these spaces will present some examples of local resilience solutions and explore the potential for more.

Shaun Auckland, Local Government Program Manager, SPEER
Chief Nim Kidd, Texas Dept. of Emergency Management
Heather House Mgr., Urban Transformation, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
Marc Coudert, Environmental Program Manager, City of Austin, Office of Sustainability
Cliff Holbeck, Energy Services Coalition of Texas

3/3/2022 Thursday
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
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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