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  • TCEQ: Climate Reduction Grants Program
  • AESP Conference
  • SPEER's Hiring
  • Local Government Training Working Group
  • Texas Energy Summit Recap
  • Webinar Archives - YouTube Channel
  • What We're Reading

TCEQ: Climate Pollution Reduction Grants Program

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has received an EPA grant for statewide planning to reduce climate pollution as part of the CPRG program. Under this grant, TCEQ is developing two plans—a priority action plan and a comprehensive action plan. These plans will include an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions for Texas and ways to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases together. TCEQ will present a program overview, answer questions, and facilitate a discussion with stakeholders for input on the Priority Action Plan on December 7 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT. More information below:

TCEQ Headquarters: Bldg. E, Room 201S

12100 Park 35 Circle, Austin, Texas 78753

Learn more

Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) Conference

AESP is delighted to welcome the SPEER community to be a part of its 2024 Annual Conference this February in San Antonio, TX. At this year's conference, the focus is on community powered resilient energy. From efficiency, heat pumps, and EVs to distributed solar and storage, we are working toward a grid that rises to the challenges of climate change, extreme weather, societal pressures, and more. We hope you'll join us on February 5-8, 2024 in San Antonio. Early bird discounts end on 12/19 so register now!

SPEER is Growing!

We are hiring! SPEER is looking for a Communications Coordinator who will be instrumental in continuing to implement our program initiatives and grow our organization as we aim to expand energy efficiency resources in our region and improve the environment and quality of life for all. 

Think you have what it takes to join our incredible team, or know someone who might be interested? Learn more about the position.

Local Government Training Working Group

SPEER is developing training for local governments to use as a resource for staff transitions and provide in-depth information on workforce development initiatives to meet the growing demand for skilled professionals in the energy and sustainability sector. Modules in this training program will focus on energy efficiency, federal/state rules, and sustainability methods and establishing a dedicated platform to ensure accessibility and effectiveness. Participants will acquire new skills and knowledge relevant to their roles in local government and will receive preparation for responding to emergencies, economic shifts, and changing demographics.

Local government entities will become more efficient in delivering services through streamlined processes and better resource management, resulting in cost savings and improved resource allocation. Well-trained staff can deliver better services to the community, increasing community satisfaction. This can make employees feel more connected to the positive impact they have, enhancing their job satisfaction and desire to stay. This cohort will run from January – August 2024. Interested in learning more and participating? We invite you to fill out our interest form

Texas Energy Summit Recap

Last month SPEER joined policymakers, energy experts, and other industry leaders to discuss pressing energy topics in Texas.  We were proud to be a part of this event and present on important issues such as  the economic opportunities from energy efficiency and job growth in the EE sector as well as share insights on ways to prevent winter outages with heat pumps.  Speaking of heat pumps, if you'd like to learn more about this expanding technology, the different types and speed visit our heat pump page.

Webinar Archives

SPEER's YouTube channel has 160+ videos of past webinar and training offerings which cover a wide range of in-depth efficiency and sustainability topics. Dive into our recordings and we invite you to subscribe to our channel! Below are our most popular and viewed videos:

What We're Reading

Texas PUC delays vote on ERCOT battery rules amid concerns standards are ‘discriminatory’

- Utility Dive

Houston's New Building Codes Are a Win For the Climate - Texas Living Waters

Toolkit Shows How Energy Efficiency Programs Can Reach More Underserved Households - ACEEE

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