The 2014 SPEER Summit will dive deep into a number of topics, building on the input from last year’s success. The event as a working meeting, to proactively bring people together to organize new initiatives, launch or support collaborations, and find new ways to accelerate energy efficiency in the region.
Each day will open with a keynote speaker to inspire attendees to think creatively about solving problems and taking action. Working meetings will follow, with topics include using Efficiency as a Resource, Overcoming Financing Hurdles, Building Codes, and many others.
Click here to register for SPEER’s Second Annual Summit February 11-12, 2014 in Austin, Texas
For more information on our Summit please visit our Summit page
SPEER’s Second Annual Energy Efficiency Summit will be held February 11-12, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The Summit will have keynotes, panel presentations, and break-out working groups focused on a wide variety of topics and issues related to energy efficiency, distributed generation, smart grid, and demand response. Last year’s Summit was a great success and this year is shaping up to be even better.
A few weeks ago, we announced US DOE’s Sam Rashkin as a keynote speaker, and today we are announcing Hal Harvey, the CEO of Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC. Hal founded the ClimateWorks Foundation, a network of 13 regional foundations and expert teams that promote polices to reduce the threat of climate change. He is also founder and former President of the Energy Foundation, a joint initiative of six large U.S. Foundations. Harvey is currently a Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Paulson Institute located at the University of Chicago. Mr. Harvey has served on energy panels appointed by Presidents Bush (41) and Clinton, has published two books and dozens of articles on energy and national security issues. He is President of the Board of Directors of the New-Land Foundation, and Chairman of the Board of MB Financial Corporation, a $10 billion Chicago bank holding company. Earlier in his career, he designed and built solar homes. Few have done as much or had as big an impact in the clean energy world as Hal Harvey.
While more announcements will be coming soon, it’s not too early to register and save: Early Bird Registration is now open. To book a room at the special block rate of $134/nt. click here to book online or call 800-THE-OMNI.
Thank you to our Summit Sponsors. Additional sponsorships are available. Click here for more information.
Last year, SPEER’s First Annual Summit brought together 200 energy efficiency industry leaders for an interactive and informative program focused on increasing demand side resources in Texas and Oklahoma. This year promises to be even better. We’ll have many announcements in the coming weeks and months about the program, but we are thrilled to announce today our first keynote speaker: Sam Rashkin
As Chief Architect for the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, Rashkin’s primary role is leading deployment of successful research for new and existing high-performance homes. In his prior position, he managed the growth of Energy Star for Homes from its inception in 1996 to more than 8,500 builder partners, over one million labeled homes, and over 25 percent market penetration nationwide. Mr. Rashkin has recently been recognized for his contributions to sustainable housing with the 2012 Hanley Award and authored a new book titled “Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It”.
Sam will help kick off SPEER’s Second Annual Summit which runs from February 11-12, 2014.
It’s not too early to register and save: Early Bird Registration is now open. To book a room at the special block rate of $134/nt. click here to book online or call 800-THE-OMNI.
Thank you to our Summit Sponsors. Additional sponsorships are available. Click here for more information.
Houses that Work Workshop
Dallas, TX – October 24, 2013
Morning Session: 8:30am to 12:00pm
Register for the Morning Session
Afternoon Session: 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Register for the Afternoon Session
Approved for 4 MCE Elective Credits by the Texas Real Estate Commission
Selling High Performance Homes – Morning and Afternoon Sessions
- Learn about the specifics of valuable housing programs such as ENERGY STAR for New Homes
- Learn and practice a new sales plan that focuses on helping clients make better, more informed decisions with respect to energy efficiency and high performance technical features.
- Translate the technical features of high performance homes into benefits home buyers can understand and value.
- Integrate the technical features of new homes into existing sales and marketing plans.
- Practice using the technical language of high performance homes to enhance sales confidence.
All sessions qualify for the following CEUs:
- AIA/CES (HSW)
- GBCI CE hours toward LEED Credentialing Maintenance
EEBA Certified Trainer
909 Hidden Ridge
Irving, TX 75038
SPEER submitted comments on Monday to the Texas PUC, saying the efficiency industry should be allowed to compete head-to-head with new generation. Comments were submitted by Doug Lewin of Good Company Associates, who serves as the organization’s Executive Director. It is time that efficiency measures like insulation, lighting and efficient motors and appliances, as well as demand response, should be able to participate directly in the market and get compensated. If the ERCOT energy market were opened to efficiency, incremental savings could compete against incremental generation. Where efficiency proves more cost effective, Texans win not only lower prices but also the side benefits of reduced transmission and distribution costs, reduced demand for water, and less air and water pollution. Today the state supports limited efficiency incentive programs through investor owned utilities, which are aimed at generating incremental savings, but they are disconnected from the electric market. Direct participation would allow the market to choose the appropriate mix of efficiency and new generation.
COMMENTS OF SPEER (SOUTH-CENTRAL PARTNERSHIP FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AS A RESOURCE) IN RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS POSED BY THE COMMISSION IN THE AUGUST 29th OPEN MEETING.
SPEER is excited to support several great events in Texas coming in the next several months. SXSW Eco, CHP2013 & WHOP013, a PACE Training Workshop and the 3rd Annual Texas Gulf Coast Energy Summit all offer great opportunities for networking and learning for those that are involved in the energy efficiency industry.
SXSW Eco will be October 7-9 in Austin. You can register at the door. Information on Registration is still available.
The CHP2013 & WHOP2013 will be on October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Houston. The Conference Agenda is now posted and Registration is open.
The 3rd Annual Texas Gulf Coast Energy Summit will be held on October 3rd in Houston, Texas. Register now
Attend a PACE Training Workshop on October 7th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Houston. You don’t have to attend the conference to attend. To register, enter the conference registration process and simply select ”Workshop” and you will only be charged for the workshop fee.
Finally, please save the date for the SPEER’s own Second Annual Summit Feb. 11-12 in Austin. Early Bird Registration is now open.
We look forward to seeing you at these events. For more event information, please see the SPEER calendar page
SPEER is excited to announce our 2nd Annual Summit to take place in Austin, Texas at the Omni Southpark on February 11-12, 2014.
Early bird registration is now open and sponsorships are also available.
Visit our Summit page for information on registration, hotel and sponsorships.
NOTICE OF PETITION
P.U.C. Docket No. 41722
On August 1, 2013, AEP Texas Central Company, AEP Texas North Company, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC, El Paso Electric Company, Entergy Texas, Inc., Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC, Sharyland Utilities, L.P., Southwestern Electric Power Company, Southwestern Public Service Company, and Texas-New Mexico Power Company (“Joint Petitioners”) filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (“Commission” or “P.U.C.”) a Petition, pursuant to P.U.C. Subst. R. 25.181(i)(4), to approve revisions to residential deemed savings to incorporate winter peak demand impacts and update certain existing deemed savings values. A complete copy of the Petition can be found at http://interchange.puc.state.tx.us/WebApp/Interchange/application/dbapps/filings/pgSearch_Results.asp?TXT_CNTR_NO=41722&TXT_ITEM_NO=1.
Pursuant to Order No. 2 issued in P.U.C. Docket No. 41722, Joint Petitioners must provide notice via e-mail to all retail electric providers, interested persons and entities on the Energy Efficiency Implementation Project list-serve, and Project Sponsors participating in related electric utility programs.
Persons who wish to intervene in or comment upon these proceedings should notify the Commission as soon as possible, as an intervention deadline of September 12, 2013 has been ordered. A request to intervene or request for further information should be mailed to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, P.O. Box 13326, Austin, Texas 78711-3326 and reference Docket No. 41722. Further information may also be obtained by calling the Public Utility Commission at (512) 936-7120 or (888) 782-8477. Hearing- and speech-impaired individuals with text telephones (TTY) may contact the Commission at (512) 936-7136.
This Thursday, the Department of Energy’s Chief Architect Sam Rashkin will present a workshop on zero net energy ready homes at the Dallas HBA in Plano. For more details and to register please click here.
We are planning additional workshops for Austin and San Antonio. If you are interested in attending one of those, please indicate your interest with an email to info-at-eepartnership-dot-org. And if you’re working on a net zero home or building in Texas or Oklahoma, please let us know at the same email address. We’d like to highlight your project on our website and help build momentum for net zero energy projects in the region.
Registration for the workshop ends tomorrow at noon, so please register now.
Zero Net Energy Ready Homes Training:
September 5, 2013
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Dallas Builder Association
5816 W Plano Pkwy
Plano, Texas 75093
$10.00 – Lunch Included
SPEER is excited to be a supporting organization for three great events in Texas over the coming four months. SXSW Eco, the Defense Energy Summit, and the Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE) Conference all present excellent networking and learning opportunities for those in the energy efficiency industry.
SXSW Eco will be Oct 7-9 in Austin. Registration cost goes up this weekend. Register now here.
The Defense Energy Summit will be in Austin Nov. 11-13. Early bird registration is open from now until Sep. 16. Register here.
CATEE will be in San Antonio December 16-18. Early bird registration ends August 30. You can register here.
Finally, please save the date for the SPEER’s own Second Annual Summit Feb. 11-12 in Austin. Registration will open soon.
We look forward to seeing you at these events. For more event information, please see the SPEER calendar page at www.eepartnership.org/calendar