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In this newsletter:

  • DOE Releases 2023 Energy & Employment Report
  • New Blog: Without Efficiency, Texas is Heating Up
  • Registration & Sponsorships Open: SPEER's Annual Industry Workshop
  • New Members!
  • Webinar: Plug Loads Management for Commercial Buildings
  • Green Energy Career Opportunities: Oklahoma
  • IEA Conference: 45 Govts Endorse Goal of Doubling Global Energy Efficiency
  • What We're Reading

Released: 2023 Energy & Employment Report

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) just released its 2023 Energy & Employment Report, and we must admit, it's an exciting one for us! Clean energy jobs increased in every state and grew 3.9% nationally from 2021-2022, outpacing overall U.S. employment. While energy efficiency grew more slowly than other areas it still remains one of the largest energy sectors; employing over 2.2 million workers. Here are some key stats from the report: 

  • In SPEER's region: Texas ranked second for adding the most clean energy jobs 5,198 (+5.5%) while the state added the most energy jobs overall (50,197). Oklahoma ranked in the top 3 states with the highest percentage growth in energy efficiency (+5.4%)
  • Jobs in battery electric vehicles increased by 28,366 (+27%): 17x faster than the increase in gasoline & diesel vehicle employment
  • Clean energy electricity technologies, such as solar and wind, accounted for roughly 87% of net new electric power generation jobs, adding 22,279 jobs (+3.6%).

Read the report to see how energy employment in the nation continues to expand and how your region compares.

New Blog

While Texans are struggling through the current heat wave, energy efficiency can bring relief to consumers, their wallets, and the grid. In our new blog Without Efficiency, Texas is Heating Up, we highlight how energy efficiency measures and increased building and energy code standards can alleviate ever-rising power bills for consumers, reduce demand on our grid, and provide more comfort to our buildings while improving passive survivability should the power go out.

SPEER's Annual Policy + Industry Workshop

Austin, Texas | Archer Hotel

September 14-15, 2023

Have you registered for our September Industry + Policy Workshop? Don't wait! We will cover the changing energy landscape in our region and across the country and while the agenda is still growing (see below!) we'll dive into all things energy & energy efficiency: The importance of building codes, grid resilience, heat pumps, DERs, federal funding, and much more. 


SPEER members are free

Non-member $129

Book your room through our room block now.

Register Now

Thursday, September 14

10:00-12:00 TECCC Meeting & Board

1:00-1:45 Welcome + Headline Sponsor

1:45-2:30 Local Government Energy Needs: Statewide Survey Assessment Results

  • Darien Clary, Austin ISD
  • Steve Stelzer, City of Houston

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:45 Federal Funding

  • Crystal Perkins, Department of Energy

3:45-4:30 Gas Efficiency

  •  Jasmine King-Bush, One Gas

4:30-5:00 Texas PACE Authority (TPA) 10-Year Anniversary: Successes

  • Charlene Heydinger, TPA

5:00-7:00 Reception (Sponsored by TX PACE Authority) + Networking Dinners

Friday, September 15

8:00-8:45 Breakfast

8:30 Kick Off + Welcome

  • Interim Chair Jackson, PUCT 

8:45-9:30 Equity + Weatherization

  • TEPRI 
  • TDHCA: TX Department of Housing and Community Affairs

9:30-10:15 Utility Panel

  • Lark Lee, Tetra Tech
  • Frontier Energy

10:15-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-11:15 Energy Codes: Recent trends in the adoption of the 2021 IECC across TX, OK, and the US 

  •  Randy Plumlee, SPEER
  • Jason Vandever, NAIMA

11:15-12:15 Energy Efficiency in Oklahoma: Overview of current energy programs

  • Kylah McNabb, Vesta Strategic Solutions, LLC
  • Amanda Marcott-Thottunkal, Oklahoma    Department of Commerce

12:15- 1:00 Lunch 

1:00-2:00 88th Texas Legislative Session Recap: Successes and Takeaways

  •  Noah Oaks, SPEER


Happy Hour Sponsor

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BIG thank you to our sponsors: Texas PACE Authority and Cascade Energy!!

We invite you to consider becoming a sponsor as well. Through this support your organization will be demonstrating your dedication to environmental stewardship. Benefit from increased brand visibility while helping us create a greener and more energy-efficient future. These sponsorships offer a unique opportunity to align your brand with cutting-edge technologies and solutions that reduce energy consumption. Want to stand out as a forward-thinking organization committed to sustainability? Become a SPEER sponsor today.

Welcome New SPEER Members!

New Braunfels Utility is enhancing the quality of its community through capital improvement projects by laying the infrastructure for a resilient future.

Metro Code is a woman-owned organization that provides municipalities throughout Texas with development infrastructure, plan review, building inspections, energy testing, green, and TAS services. 

Webinar: Plug loads management for commercial buildings

Plug and process loads refer to energy used by equipment plugged into an outlet and according to the DOE, these loads consume about 47% of primary energy in U.S. commercial buildings. In minimally code-compliant office buildings, plug loads may account for up to 25% of total energy consumption. But plug loads may account for more than 50% of the total energy consumption in highly-efficient buildings. This presentation will focus on the lessons learned by HARC optimizing and managing its plug load consumption to minimize costs and decarbonize building operations.

Speaker: Carlos Gamarra, Sr. Research Scientist in Clean Energy Technology at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

Date: July 11, 9 AM Central

Register Now!

Career Opportunities in Oklahoma:

Virtual listening session on Green energy: Renewables and Sustainability

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC) will host a virtual listening session on green energy career opportunities and workforce (renewable & sustainable energy) currently and over the next 5 to 10 years. This session will be held on July 18 from 10:30 am - noon Central.

The purpose of this listening session is to:

  • Gather baseline data to establish recruitment and retention needs 
  • Understand the Green Energy industry projected job growth in Oklahoma and the demand for these careers over the next 5-10 years
  • Identify Oklahoma businesses interested in partnering with ODOC to form paid Green Energy or related industry apprenticeships
  • Identify the appropriate position terminology, job titles, and job tasks found in Oklahoma

ODOC seeks industry input from the following types of individuals working in support of or directly for Green Energy areas:

  • Human Resource Staff
  • Business Owners Producing Green Energy Components or Complete Products
  • Government Employees Impacted by Green Energy Employment in Oklahoma
  • Workforce Development Staff
  • Vocational Education or Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Employment Agency Staff
  • Vocational and Four-Year College Educational Representatives
  • Industry Recruiters
  • Other Individuals Working in Support of Green Energy Sector Employment

To prepare for this meeting, please complete these questions online and bring any replies to the virtual meeting for discussion. The questions may be completed regardless of attendance by calling Greg Gaden, ODOC Energy Programs Planner at 405-632-9314.

Register Here

IEA Conference:

45 Governments endorse Goal of Doubling Global Energy Efficiency

Recently the International Energy Agency (IEA) held its 8th Global Conference on Energy Efficiency and brought together global energy and climate leaders in France with a new IEA analysis presented showing that the world needs to double progress on efficiency between now and 2030 as part of efforts to improve energy security and affordability while reaching out goals of limiting emission and global warming.

Following the conference 45 governments from around the world have endorsed this goal of doubling the average global rate of energy efficiency (EE) improvements by the end of the decade highlighting the critical role that EE can play in improving living standards and energy security.

Strengthening energy efficiency policy implementation can provide the following benefits among many more:

  • Expand energy access
  • Reduce energy bills
  • Decrease air pollution
  • Create jobs
Read the Press Release

What We're Reading

US residential heat pump sales pass gas furnaces for first time as interest in efficiency tech surges: IEA -Utility Dive

As Grid Decarbonizes, Energy Efficiency More Critical than Ever to Reduce Costs - ACEEE

Amid heat wave, one reckless Abbott veto really has us hot (Editorial)

- Houston Chronicle

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