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City Efficiency Leadership Council
April Newsletter
Hello  <<First Name>>,
 
We are thrilled to introduce our new Local Governments Program Manager! Shaun Auckland will join the SPEER team next week - May, 3rd! Previously she was with Travis County as the Sustainability Coordinator Senior for nine years, managing contracts, implementing programs to support the Climate Action Plan, and encouraging behavior change through the Green Team program. Shaun is a dedicated and innovative environmental program manager driven to create sustainable change for individuals, communities, and organizations. An inclusive and strategic leader with 15 years of progressive experience in environmental compliance, resource management, and program development.  

She spends her free time with her family and newly adopted puppy.  Some of her favorite ways to relax are in the outdoors, kayaking, cycling, and gardening.  Nature brings her great joy and balance, so she finds ways to volunteer and pursue practices at home to make this world more sustainable.  She does that by a little library in her front yard to promote reuse, and her yard is a certified wildlife habitat.

 

In this newsletter:

SPEER's Legislative Tracker: Bills We Are Monitoring

We are roughly one month away from the conclusion of the 87th session of the Texas Legislature. It has been a busy session for the clean energy and energy efficiency industry, following the fall out from Winter Storm Uri. We've been tracking bills that would affect the broader energy efficiency programs, local governments, products and services as they are making their way through the Texas House and Senate. 

SPEER maintains our support for those bills and we look forward to working with stakeholders on saving Texans both dollars and energy through thoughtful legislation.  Energy Efficiency is a key factor to help drive the resiliency and stability of the Texas power grid.

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

2021 SPEER Conference 

Prepare your out of office message, because (we hope) you'll be attending SPEER's conference September 2-3. This will be a hybrid event, with the option to attend in person or tune in virtually. It will be held on the Riverwalk at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio. We'll be discussing important and current topics: Electrification and building infrastructure, building resiliency, demand response, energy storage, the role energy efficiency plays into grid resiliency and so much more. Registration will open soon!

CELC Webinar Archive

Missed last week's CELC webinar on Connecting Pollution, Place, and Public Health presented by CEER? You can re-watch it and all past CELC webinar on our YouTube page. Don't forgot to check out this great resource! 

Actions Cities Can Take to Support Energy Efficiency in Texas

As cities and states continue to lead the flight against climate change, we want to remind you that energy efficiency is often the lowest cost way to reduce a city's carbon footprint. The cheapest energy is the energy that is never used. Internal energy efficiency policies, climate action plans, and green building commitments help ensure cities are leading by example in efficiency and sustainability efforts. Learn more in our City Efficiency Toolkit:  Actions Cities Can Take to Support Energy Efficiency
The History of Texas Energy Efficiency Programs:
and why we should raise the goal to 1% or more

 
Did you know the majority of Texas homes are at least 20 years old, and many were built prior to required energy codes? This means the inefficiency [of most homes] is a direct contributing factor to high energy peaks and high energy bills. See why energy efficiency is necessary for grid and energy resilience in our recent fact sheets.

The History of Texas Energy Efficiency Programs 
In 1999 Texas passed SB 7, deregulating and unbundling the electricity market and many formerly regulated functions of the vertically integrated Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) were placed into free market competition. We've broken down the history of energy efficiency program design, spending, and savings.

Raise Utility Energy Efficiency Goals in Texas to 1% or More
Did you know Texas was the first state to establish an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) in 1999? Since then 27 other states have adopted an EERS for reducing energy use. In 2017, states with an EERS in effect achieved incremental electricity savings of 1.2% of retail sales on average, compared with average savings of 0.3% in states without an EERS. In 2019, Texas IOUs’ energy savings reached only slightly more than .2% of sales, which is the lowest achieved savings of the 27 states with an EERS goal. Over the years the increase in EE goals will greatly reduce the demand on Texas’ grid, thus decreasing the risk of another outage event such as those that occurred in 2011 and 2021.

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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