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City Efficiency Leadership Council - August Newsletter

In this newsletter:

CELC Summer 2020 Central Texas Roundtable:
San Antonio Waster System Biogas Partnership

September 1, 2020, 9-11 AM

Join us for the final CELC roundtable of Summer 2020. Since roundtables are all online at the moment they are open to all public sector folks statewide, no need to limit yourself to the meeting for your region. 

San Antonio Water System, in partnership with Ameresco Inc. is processing more than 1.5 million standard cubic feet of biogas a day and deliver a minimum of 900,000 cubic feet of natural gas each day to a nearby commercial pipeline to sell on the open market. This partnership enables the "recycled" biogas to be used productively instead of flaring directly into the atmosphere and creates a revenue source for SAWS. Our speaker this month will share details of the partnership and SAWS experience with recycled biogas.

Chris Wilcut, Energy Manager, San Antonio Water System, SAWS Renewable Biogas Partnership


Who: Representatives of public agencies including cities, counties, school districts, and Councils of Governments. Although this event will have a regional focus it is open at all public entities across Texas. 

This meeting is closed to vendors or service providers.

CELC Webinar: Energy Codes 101

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 9-10 AM

ICC CEUs available

Adoption and effective enforcement of energy code is one of the best ways cities in Texas can encourage efficiency community-wide. SPEER's Energy Code Program Manager will cover the history of codes, the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and Texas state laws around energy code. Jason will also cover simple ways the code helps improve efficiency and resilience of homes and commercial buildings.

Speaker: Jason Vandever, Energy Code Program Manager, SPEER


UPDATE: Local Government Energy Reporting

As many of you may be aware, today is the last day of the State fiscal year. In years past this was also the first day to start submitting mandatory Local Government Energy Reporting to the State Energy Conservation Office. The Texas Health and Safety Code §388.005(c) requires political subdivisions in a non-attainment areas or affected counties to establish a goal to reduce electric consumption by at least five percent each state year and report on progress to the State Energy Conservation Office. 

NEW FOR 2020:

The reporting form for 2020 is not yet available. The reporting process is under going some modifications.

2020 reports will not be due until February 1, 2021, and will cover CALENDAR year 2020. 

Check back here or on the SECO website for further updates. If you have questions about reporting requirements please reach out to me at

In our most recent installment of 5 in 5 I had the pleasure of interviewing Jennifer Lancaster, Senior Account Executive for Johnson Controls and current Secretary for the Texas Chapter of the Energy Services Coalition. 

Energy Services Coalition Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, September 2, 1-3 PM

Speaking of ESC, join Jennifer and me, as well as other public sector representatives, state agencies, energy service companies, and non-profit energy efficiency organizations.for the next quarterly meeting of the Texas Chapter of the Energy Services Coalition. You do not have to be a Texas ESC Chapter member to join in the conversation.

Our meeting next week will feature:

  • Recap of recent ESC chapter activity
  • Upcoming education and outreach activities
  • Breakout sessions on the following topics:
    • Outreach opportunities to further GESPCs
    • COVID related implications to the ESCO and ESPC market
    • Energy-As-A-Service

ESC Texas Chapter Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 883 1097 0751

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! 

Cassidy Ellis 
Local Governments Program Manager, SPEER
512-279-0765 or

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