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 JUNE NEWSLETTER 

SPEER Launches New 5 in 5 Series!
The first of many! SPEER is releasing a new monthly segment called 5 in 5, in which we ask one expert five questions in five minutes. 5 in 5 is intended to celebrate the excellent energy efficiency, sustainability, resilience, and policy work being done by SPEER's members and partners throughout Texas and Oklahoma. 

Kicking off the series is Sue Alvarez, Assistant Director of the City of Dallas's Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability. She'll be discussing Dallas' Community Environmental & Climate Action Plan, which the Dallas City Council unanimously voted to approve last week. It outlines specific actions the city can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions & improve environmental quality in every zip code within the city.
sEE 20/20 Conference Updates
You Have Options! We want everyone to be able to sEE 20/20 this year, although it is a bit fuzzy right now. We fully recognize everyone’s situation is different, which is why we are happy to announce that we will be offering both a virtual and an in-person conference experience this year. While SPEER and our attendees value our face to face networking and stimulating discussions that are always present at our in person conferences, we understand that many of you have travel restrictions, decreased travel budgets, and simply might not yet feel comfortable being in public spaces. You will still be able to make connections (although a bit differently) and participate in some insightful and informative sessions on current energy efficiency  and regional issues.  
 
If you choose to go down the virtual experience we will be sending you links and calendar invites for each session and speaker to help keep you organized with easy access. Stay tuned as we begin announcing speakers and session topics!
sEE 20/20
State of Our Industry
We are all aware that this year is bringing very trying times with many uncertainties. SPEER asked members and associates for their input on how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting their businesses today and in the future. Our goal is to better understand how the present time is influencing the broader energy efficiency industry, as we have already seen many job losses in the clean energy industry due to this pandemic. While some businesses are beginning to reopen partially, many occupants are continuing to work from home. Key highlights:
  • Almost 75% of respondents have seen their business affected
  • 60% have seen budgetary impacts on both their current business operations and the communities in which they serve
  • There is a silver-lining as many anticipate efficiency workers being allowed into businesses and homes in the near future.
  • 1/3 of energy efficiency workers have had their job impacted.
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SPEER Member Highlight
SPEER members are working together to further energy efficiency and water conservation in Texas! The Texas Facilities Commission and E3 Entegral Solutions have entered into a Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contract to retrofit approximately 800,000 square feet in nine state facilities. The project scope includes LED lighting retrofits, power conditioning, and domestic plumbing retrofits. TFC expects to achieve $222,939 in annual cost savings. Two additional TFC projects totaling 4.5 million square feet are in development. Financing for these and other public energy and water conservation projects is provided through the LoanSTAR (Saving Taxes and Resources) Revolving Loan Program operated by the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO).
New Blog Post
New action Consider a Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contract has been added to our CELC campaignActions Cities Can Take to Support Energy Efficiency in Texas. Energy, water, and wastewater utility costs can represent a significant portion of a city’s operating expenses, and we know there are a number of reasons why city governments would want to identify and implement energy efficiency opportunities. Dive into the full series:
Upcoming Webinars
Energy Codes: Lighting Controls in the IECC
When
: June 3, 9:30-11:00 AM CST
Speaker: Christopher Dunn, Lighting Associates

 
This webinar will review lighting controls per the 2015 IECC and discuss what changes have been in the 2018 Code. Methodologies of control will be integrated into the discussion. If time allows, a brief presentation on tunable white lighting/CRI will be offered. What is tunable white lighting and what is CRI and why are they significant and trending. 
 
CELC Webinar: Maximizing Efficiency Through Building Operation
When: June 18, 9:00-10:00 AM CST
Speaker: Bob Lane, E3 Entegral Solutions

You've invested in a state-of-the-art building, with automated controls, submeters, and high efficiency equipment. It even has a fancy green building certification. So why is it not meeting your performance expectations?

Effective operation of buildings can make or break efficiency savings. In this month's we will learn how building operation and maintenance can lead to low or no cost energy savings, and how proper training and ensure buildings operate as intended.

 
CERR: Organize Your Clean Energy Regulatory Search
Our member CERR is proud to offer CaseCache, a database that makes it easy to find clean energy regulatory documents. Instead of searching 50 Public Utility Commission websites for 50 states with 50 different organization methods, CaseCache can help you find what you’re looking for in one place with just a few clicks. You can stay up-to-date on other states and see how other companies are engaging in clean energy related proceedings. With clean energy programs as the focal point, CaseCache brings clean energy out of the shadows and into focus where it belongs. SPEER members receive a 15% discount off subscriptions. 

What We're Reading

Dallas City Council unanimously approves city’s first climate action plan
Oil-Bust Refugees Are Being Courted By Clean Energy in Texas
Built by oil’s riches, Houston goes 100% green years earlier
 
Shining Cities 2020: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy
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