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In this newsletter:

  • Local Government Energy Reporting Workshop: December 5th
  • Energy Efficiency Jobs in America Report
  • Upcoming Energy Events + Webinars
  • Join SPEER!
  • New SPEER member
  • Election Day
  • Resiliency Workshop Recap
  • What We're Reading

Local Government Reporting Workshop

Save the date for our upcoming workshop! Join AACOG (Alamo Area Council of Governments) and SPEER for a FREE in-person workshop to learn about the Local Government Energy Reporting Requirement, a state mandate to report and reduce electricity consumption for cities and counties. Attendees will gain helpful information and tips to successfully report in early 2024 and hear from, a local government staff representative who has completed the energy reporting requirement previously. A breakout session will be held to discuss questions and concerns about energy reporting, followed by a luncheon. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn about how to comply with the state mandate and lower your operational costs. 

When: Tuesday, December 5th, 11 AM - 12:30 PM

Where: 2700 NE Interstate 410 Loop Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78217

Speaker: Shaun Auckland, South Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER)

Learn More & Register Now

Energy Efficiency Jobs in America Report

Found in nearly every U.S. county, local economies greatly benefit from energy efficiency. The 2022 Energy Efficiency Jobs In America report reveals that 2.2 million Americans work in energy efficiency! In SPEER’s region of Texas and Oklahoma, Oklahoma placed in the top 5 for highest percentage growth of EE jobs for the second consecutive year, and Texas is number two for total gross jobs (164,470).

Buildings hold massive potential for deeper energy savings. Improved insulation, better HVAC and appliances, and new digital controls are just a few common efficiency upgrades that benefit building’s air quality, occupant comfort, and reduce emissions & energy waste. In this report you can now see details on energy efficiency workers, businesses, and more for each state.

Upcoming Energy Events

SPEER Energy Codes Webinar: The final draft of the 2024 IECC is quickly approaching. Register for SPEER's upcoming webinar (today, November 7th!) at 10:30 am central focused on the 2024 IECC Residential: What we know so far (part 2). Be sure to watch the recording for Part 1 and catch up on what you missed on our YouTube channel.

Register for the 20th Annual Texas Energy Summit, taking place from November 14th to 16th, 2023, at the Texas Capitol in Austin where SPEER staff will be speaking on a number of crucial topics including economic opportunities and job growth in the energy efficiency sector, and ways to prevent winter outages with heat pumps. This dynamic event spotlights the intersection of air quality and energy systems, uniting individuals and groups from government, industry, academia, and non-profit organizations to explore and address pressing energy and air quality issues. Sessions include discussions of energy efficiency, transportation electrification, grid resilience, environmental justice, emerging technologies, and more.

The SPEER Ambassador program has been one of the premier code professional programs that our network of regional energy efficiency organizations across the country has implemented. We want to thank our current ambassadors for your commitment to building a stronger network of code professionals across Texas and Oklahoma. 


We have scheduled an in-person Ambassador’s Meeting on Wednesday, November 8th in Round Rock, TX from 9:00 – 11:30 at the Hilton Garden Inn @ 2310 IH35, Round Rock, TX. This meeting will be held in combination with our Texas Energy Code Compliance Collaborative (TECCC) which will take place from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  This will be the first in-person TECCC meeting in 4 years and we are looking forward to hosting a face to face get together. Lunch will be provided and will begin at Noon with our TECCC meeting kicking off at 1:00 pm. We welcome you to attend the full day of code discussion through both the Ambassador meeting and the TECCC meeting. **Please register if you plan to attend.

Become a SPEER Member

As the regional leader in the education and promotion of energy-efficient building systems and distributed energy resources, with your support, together we can strengthen local economies, improve health and quality of life, and protect the environment. What are you some areas you can get involved with SPEER?

  • Building Codes
  • State & Local Policy
  • Local Governments
  • Heat Pumps
  • Building Operator Certification Training

As we continue to be the go-to resource for plan reviewers, inspectors, builders, cities, counties, and schools for energy codes and energy efficiency in Texas and Oklahoma, by becoming a member of SPEER you will help transform the energy efficiency market, receive free registration for anyone at your organization to attend our fall Industry Workshop (see a recap of this year's event), an opportunity to serve on our board, present and sponsor at trainings and webinars, network with industry experts, and much more. Learn more and join here!

New Member

We want to welcome SPEER's newest member, DISCO Learning Media, who specializes in eCourse development, digital publishing, program management, and provides an online resource for aspiring professionals. DISCO's parent company Upstryve has developed a comprehensive 2023 LEED Green Associate Prep and Review course designed with current and aspiring professionals in mind. They are offering SPEER allies and partners a 30% discount if you are one of the first 300 to apply the coupon code SPEER30 at checkout. This offer to unlock a greener future and get LEED accredited ends December 31, 2023. More details below.

In an era where sustainability has become an essential global mandate, the demand for skilled professionals equipped with advanced knowledge on energy efficiency is skyrocketing. LEED accreditation stands as a beacon of excellence in this transformative landscape, marking an individual’s expertise in one of the most widely recognized green rating systems in the world.

Why earn your LEED Accreditation?

• Broaden Your Horizons

• Drive Organizational Success

• Enhance Your Marketability

• Align with Social Responsibility

• No Technical Background Required 


Become LEED accredited and help shape a greener tomorrow:

Election Day

Today is Election Day, and Texas will be holding elections on fourteen state propositions that have come out of this spring's 88th Legislature. Included in the statewide propositions is Prop 7 which would create the Texas Energy Fund in accordance with SB 2627/SJR 93 to provide state financing for thermal generation plants producing at least 100 MWs of power. A full list of the fourteen propositions and their explanation can be found in last week's SPEER Policy Newsletter.

SPEER & Zpryme Resiliency Workshop Recap

Earlier this month we co-hosted a workshop and happy hour with the Zpryme team focused on ways consumers can help alleviate peak demand and grid stress. Since 2000, energy demand on the ERCOT grid has increased a whopping 45%.

We want to give a huge thank you to the speakers for sharing your expertise on demand-side solutions and those that attended! The room was full of energizing discussions, engagement, and knowledge sharing focused on new technologies, interconnection queues (mostly consisting of battery storage, wind, and solar), energy efficiency, building codes, and flexible + controllable load to build a future of resiliency.

What We're Reading

Zombie Gas and Coal Plants May Rise From Their Graves Across Texas This Winter - Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter

The new push for heat pumps (This blog is an Q and A with Harrison Grubbs, VP of Energy Efficiency Practice, to learn more about heat pump technology and what to expect from the upcoming incentive programs) - CLEAResult

United States Energy & Employment Report 2023 - DOE

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