Save the Date!

Our Annual Policy + Industry Workshop is scheduled for September 14-15, 2023 in Austin. Save the date now, you won't want to miss this event!

Following last year's interest and success and we have moved to a larger venue to provide ample room for conversations around grid reliability, increasing energy costs and burdens and how energy efficiency can play a role in reducing these, demand reduction through distributed energy resources, Federal funding opportunities for the south-central region and more.

Who will be there? Utilities, manufacturers, local governments, energy service providers, and implementers to name a few. Get a recap of last year's event here. We hope you can join us!

In this newsletter:

  • Save the Date: SPEER's Annual Policy + Industry Workshop (above)
  • San Antonio and North Texas Regional Workshops + Happy Hour
  • New Members
  • Upcoming CELC Webinar: How to Use Data to Create Stories
  • Texas PACE Authority Releases 2022 Annual Report
  • Events and Webinars
  • Noteworthy Items

Workshop + Happy Hour: San Antonio

We're hitting the road and our first stop is San Antonio! Our regional workshops and happy hours will focus on salient energy topics such as efficiency, policies, Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), heat pump incentives, and more. Register and join us for a discussion on the topics that are most important to Texas as we exchange ideas for how to expand energy efficiency to ensure equity and grid reliability.  Energy Federation, Inc. (EFI)  is generously sponsoring our happy hour so come learn, mingle, and grab a drink!


When: April 13, 2-4 PM

Where: Trinity University (Coates University Center) Tehuacana Room 241

One Trinity Place, San Antonio, Texas 78212

*The Tehuacana Room is located in the Coates Student Center. There is free visitor parking directly across the street in the Alamo Stadium Visitor Parking Lot and in Lot B. Both are within walking distance. Download the map.


  • Noah Oaks, SPEER's Policy Manager
  • Caryn Denny, National Business Development Director, Energy Federation, Inc.

Networking happy hour

When: April 13, 4-6 PM

WhereBombay Bicycle Club

3506 North Saint Mary's St. San Antonio, TX 78212

There is parking on site. Drinks and apps will be provided. 

Save Your Spot

Workshop + Happy Hour: North Texas

Have you heard? Spring showers bring May happy hours. On May 25th, SPEER in collaboration with the Energy Services Coalition (ESC) Texas Chapter, will feature a panel discussion focused on “No dollar left behind”. Our guest panelists include DOE’s South Central Regional Intergovernmental and External Affairs Specialist, SECO, SPEER, and Ameresco. The panel will provide up-to-date information on the Investment & Infrastructure Jobs Act (II&JA), the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the expected flow of funds and timeframes, what is included in the bill relevant to our audience, how to seek funds, and offer a forum for questions to our panel of experts.

You can register and find more details on our calendar.

If you would like to sponsor, present on a specific topic, or have questions, please reach out to our Communications Manager, Liz John, at 

New Members!

As a leader in advanced commercial HVAC technologies, including ductless and ducted mini-split and VRF heat pump and air-conditioning systems, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC innovates building HVAC systems, creating efficiency, comfort, and wellness for all spaces.

SPEER's newest member, AutoHot, is dedicated to researching and developing the latest hot water technology that saves both energy and water.

Thanks to these organizations and all of our current members for your support and for creating a more efficient built environment! Visit our membership page to see all of our members.

Webinar: How to Use Data to Create Stories

Register now for our upcoming webinar "How to use Data to Create Stories" to learn how to identify the key elements of data communication and develop a comprehensive story from start to finish. Join our presenter JT Douglas with the City of Denton as he focuses on building efficiency, water conservation, and budgeting and explores the world of data dashboards and how they can be used (at their most simple level) to tell several versions of a story from different perspectives.

Texas PACE Authority (TPA) Releases 2022 Annual Report

Since its formation in 2015, Texas PACE Authority (TPA) has facilitated more than $362.3 million in clean energy and water-saving investment in commercial buildings across the state. In 2022 alone TPA facilitated as many energy and water-saving measures as in all previous years combined with project financing ranging from $145,000 - $40 million in urban and rural communities throughout Texas. 

83 local governments now have TX-PACE programs to enable their businesses and nonprofits to access TX-PACE financing for property upgrades resulting in energy and water efficiency and onsite generation. These programs increase organization's operating income and improve the built environment in their communities. Read TPA’s 2022 Annual Report.

Upcoming Events + Webinars

Texas Industrial Energy Efficiency Network webinar: Industrial Energy Efficiency in a volatile, high price energy market. April 12th @ 2 PM Central

SPEER Webinar: Energy Code Inspection Walk-through – Predrywall. April 13th @ 11 AM Central

SPEER webinar: Energy Inspection – Mechanical Ventilation Testing. April 20th @ 11 AM Central

SPEER energy focus group (metro area participants only): Community-Engagement Assessment of Interest and Resource Needs. April 25th @ 10 AM Central


The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) held its spring Energy Efficiency Implementation Project (EEIP) meeting last week on March 28th. If you are unable to attend in person or watch the live broadcast you can watch the recording here. As bill filing continues SPEER will be reviewing and tracking all legislation that pertains to our mission. Our full tracking list will be uploaded weekly to the SPEER Policy page. View Texas & Oklahoma. if you missed last week's policy newsletter you can get caught up here.

Our friends at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) are looking to hire. MEEA’s Executive Director, Stacey Paradis, has been appointed to the Illinois Commerce Commission by Governor J.B. Pritzker. We are very excited about Stacey’s new opportunity and thank her for her 14+ years of leadership at MEEA. She has been a strong advocate of energy efficiency and a fierce proponent of the strength of the Midwest EE industry. As they begin their search for a new Executive Director, you can view and share the job description here

What We're Reading...

Efficiency, demand response and EV charging are priorities for commercial building sector: GridPoint survey – Texas Tribune

Energy efficiency does more than save money and reduce emissions. It can strengthen the grid - Pecan Street

Appeals court says state agency set electricity prices too high during 2021 winter storm - Texas Tribune

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