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In this newsletter:

  • 2023 88th Texas Legislature Wrap Up
  • Registration Open: SPEER's Annual Industry Workshop
  • Recap: Federal Funding Workshop
  • New Case Study: Strategic Energy Management for Local Texas School Districts
  • Texas Energy Code Compliance Collaborative (TECCC) Q2 Meeting
  • DOE Better Building Resource Hub
  • Smart Buildings Exchange (SBX)
  • Member News
  • What We're Reading

2023 88th Texas Legislature Wrap Up

Following Winter Storm Uri, a record-breaking summer in 2022 that set 11 peak demand records and an overall 9.5% increase in average load, plus many calls from ERCOT for consumers to conserve energy - there was a significant need for legislative action this session. SPEER has recapped the 88th Texas Legislative session covering all things grid, energy efficiency, equity, building codes, & more. The good, bad, and not-so-terrible.

Texas' clean energy powerhouse was mostly spared but there's still drastic room for efficiency and demand reduction. In total SPEER tracked over 180 bills this session, participated in meaningful conversations with policymakers and stakeholders, and provided resource and support testimony to several pieces of legislation in the 180-day-long regular session. Dive into the wrap up of bills that were considered and see which ones are becoming law.

SPEER's Annual Policy + Industry Workshop

Austin, Texas | Archer Hotel

September 14-15, 2023

Ready to join SPEER for two days of networking, learning, and discussions with industry experts on topics involving regional grid issues, solutions for record-setting demand, demand-side actions and energy use reduction through distributed energy resources, energy efficiency implementation, Federal funding opportunities for the south-central region and more?

We'll cover the changing energy landscape and hear from utilities and state agencies. Implementers, energy service providers, and building code officials will join us as well as local governments to provide what barriers exist to prevent them from driving efficiency and sustainability further. Stay tuned as we release our agenda in the next few weeks!


SPEER members are free

Non-member $129

Book your room through our room block now.

Register Now

Become a Sponsor

By sponsoring our workshop, your organization can be at the forefront of innovation, 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.

Federal Funding Workshop Recap

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) is delivering for Texas. There are 589 specific projects identified for funding and roughly $310 million in announced funding has been allocated to Texas for clean energy, energy efficiency, and power in 2022 & 2023.  

Special thanks to Crystal Perkins with the Department of Energy (DOE), Cassidy Ellis with Ameresco, and Eddy Trevino with the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) for presenting on BIL & IRA Funding/Implementation in our region! Missed the event or want a recap? Head over to our website for the presentations and material covered.

Rural schools represent roughly one-third (32,000) of the public schools in the United States and accommodate nearly 14 million students. But due to their geographic locations in remote areas, these schools often face several energy efficiency and renewable energy challenges related to implementation, financing, and operations. Proper energy management planning is an opportunity to assess and prioritize energy-saving measures, identify funding sources, and prepare staff to operate building systems efficiently. 

See how Clyde ISD overcame these barriers to deliver information and services to maximize school building energy performance in our recent Case Study: Strategic Energy Management for Local Texas School Districts.

TX Energy Code Compliance Collaborative (TECCC) Meeting

SPEER hosts quarterly Texas Energy Code Compliance Collaborative (TECCC) meetings to find ways for the state to access and improve compliance with energy codes, offer support to local jurisdictions, and engage stakeholders in energy code discussions. The stakeholder group was established in 2011 and since 2014 SPEER has been leading the quarterly meetings.

Save the date and register now: Our next virtual quarterly meeting will be on June 23 from 1-2:30. We'll have several speakers focused on energy code adoption and compliance followed by Q&A and a group discussion. Head over to our YouTube Channel for a recap of our Q1 meeting

DOE Better Building Resource Hub

The Department of Energy's Better Buildings Funding and Incentives Resource Hub can help you navigate and discover the many rebates, funding opportunities, and other incentives including those available through the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.


If you are looking to implement energy efficiency upgrades, renewable energy and decarbonization projects, or other sustainability initiatives, this hub is designed to help you leverage programs and incentives to help your organization. The resources are filterable by sector, technology, source, and type. 

Smart Buildings Exchange (SBX)

Join the Seattle-based Smart Buildings Center for the free 2023 Smart Buildings Exchange (SBX) held virtually & in-person August 15-17, 2023. Interactive conference sessions featuring a mix of panel discussions and case study presentations will explore smart approaches for building electrification & carbon reduction, grid-interactive efficient buildings, variable building occupancy, indoor environmental quality, on-site renewables & EV charging, building rating systems & certifications, smart & efficient upgrades and more.

Register for free

Member News

Calling all utility representatives! CLEAResult invites you to their 2023 Energy Forum. Mark your calendars for July 17-19, at The Line Hotel in Austin, TX for thought-provoking interactive sessions with industry thought leaders and your fellow energy professionals. They'll discuss the latest on the Inflation Reduction Act, region-specific topics, and other industry trends from subject matter experts. They will have pre-conference learning workshop sessions to explore the fundamentals of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and Cost Effectiveness. Register here or check out our agenda to see topics and client presenters.

Texas PACE Authority will be in New York this week for the PACENation Summit, June 6th and 7th. Charlene Heydinger will be speaking on the following panels on June 7th: C-PACE Multifamily and C-PACE: Best Practices for Program Design and Administration

What We're Reading

Climate proposals withered at the Texas Capitol this year - Texas Tribune

Clean energy and the Texas electric grid, there are better ways to ensure reliability - Houston Chronicle

Clean energy dodges a bullet in the Texas legislature - Canary Media

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