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Texas A&M Energy Systems Lab Technical Review of the 2015 IECC and IRC Energy Codes

The Texas A&M Energy Systems Lab (ESL) recently completed their mandated technical review of the 2015 IECC and IRC energy codes. As fully expected, they found the 2015 energy codes to be more stringent than the 2009 codes, as the existing code reference point. The attachments to the report include a list of all of the public comments received and responses by the ESL, along with the determined impacts on the stringency of the code by all of the proposed amendments received. The Texas State Energy Conservation Office has posted the review at this link: http://seco.cpa.state.tx.us/tbec/tech-review.php/.

PACE in Texas and Beyond: A Deeper Dive into Program Administration

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Join us for a webinar on Dec 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM CST.

The South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER) is hosting a one hour webinar for a deeper dive into PACE programs and administration. We will hear from the Lawrence National Berkley Lab on the results of a technical analysis requested by the Fort Worth Better Buildings Finance Sub-Committee, which addresses how the Keeping PACE in Texas PACE-in-a-Box model compares to PACE programs nationwide. Major topics to be discussed include: lessons learned from PACE programs across the country, example program administrative costs/fees, and typical PACE interest rates. There will also be time for Q+A from the audience.

This is an excellent opportunity for local governments and those interested in PACE administration or financing to dig into the details of PACE programs and administration. For a basic understanding of PACE-in-a-Box or PACE generally, you can view our recorded “PACE in Texas 101″ webinar on our website or read this summary.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Unlocking The Energy Efficiency Potential In The Affordable Multifamily Building Sector

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Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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The South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER) presents a 60-minute free webinar on “Unlocking The Energy Efficiency Potential In The Affordable Multifamily Building Sector ″ . The webinar will highlight the need for increasing energy efficiency (EE) in affordable multifamily buildings; present existing resources, and  introduce new programs and to facilitate EE investments in this sector.

Multifamily housing accounts for about a quarter of the total housing stock in the U.S. and is an important part of America’s low income housing supply. These affordable multi-family rental properties are seldom constructed or updated to include energy efficiency features and the cost of energy is often the largest expense for these residents. This unnecessary use of energy in these inefficient buildings can pose a significant threat to maintaining the affordability for residents in this sector. Improving the efficiency of affordable multifamily buildings allows the owners to reduce operating expenses, maintain affordable rents,, reduce carbon emissions, create more healthy and comfortable environments, and, free up capital for building owners to invest in resident services and other necessary building improvements.

Join this webinar to see innovative energy efficient and sustainable housing projects in our region and discuss the availability of viable funding options for energy efficiency projects (Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Utility Allowances etc.). The webinar will also introduce the Department of Energy (DOE)’Better Building Challenge (BBC) for Multifamily Program which offers incentives and technical assistance for participants who commit to make energy consumption reductions under the program.

PACE in Texas 101

Join us for a Webinar on November 18 (Space is limited)

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
10:00am – 11:00am CST

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This 60-minute “PACE in Texas 101″ Webinar will provide an introduction to Texas PACE, provide an update on the status of PACE around the state, and highlight the local benefits of starting a PACE program in your community. Energy Efficiency, water efficiency, and renewables / distributed generation upgrades for buildings provide vast economic savings and environmental benefits, but many businesses face barriers to pursuing these investments in commercial properties because of capital costs. In 2013, Texas passed legislation enabling cities and counties to create Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) districts to help commercial building owners access a new financing mechanism for these energy improvements. Join this webinar with SECO, SPEER, Keeping PACE in Texas, and experience PACE program administrators to hear about how PACE financing works in Texas, the local impacts of the program, and how to get one started in your region.

SPEER Member Discount: Texas Energy Storage Summit

SPEER wants you to know the Washington, DC-based Energy Storage Association is hosting the first Texas Energy Storage Summit, in Austin on December 5th.  

This will be a one-day workshop in Austin, aimed at bringing together the larger international storage industry (manufacturers, developers, system owner-operators, researchers) with activities and market participants engaged in or interested in energy storage in Texas.  There will also be a welcoming reception the evening before at the Hilton, the conference venue.  This will be a great opportunity for Texans to learn more about what is planned or underway already.  There will be four panels aimed at not only addressing, but stimulating a dialogue with the audience on:

  • Distribution Level, Microgrid, and Customer Applications
  • Transmission Level/Utility-Scale Applications and Opportunities
  • Industry-University Research and Development Collaboration
  • Policy and Energy Storage Futures

Did you know Oncor has launched an effort to explore the value of distribution level storage applications, as has Austin Energy and a Panhandle Cooperative?  Did you know that there are already 45 MW of electric storage on the transmission system in ERCOT?  Or that there are over 800 MW in the interconnection queue?  Thermal storage is making a come-back, but in some states, customers are also installing electric storage on site—with or without solar panels—to shift their loads in response to electric rates.  Did you know ERCOT is completely remaking their Ancillary Services in order to take advantage of emerging technologies like storage to maintain power quality and reliability at ever greater efficiency?

This will be a relatively small conference, in which the audience participation will be encouraged.  Speakers will include: Brad Jones, VP of ERCOT, who is leading the new market design efforts; Calvin Crowder, President of Electric Transmission Texas (a partnership of MidAmerican and AEP which owns a 4.5 MW storage facility); Carl Mansfield, VP of Sharp’s new SmartStorage Group; Jack Farley, President of Apex, a new compressed air energy storage firm in the interconnection queue at ERCOT, and more.

Members of the South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER) may receive a $50 discount of the Regular fee by using code: SPEERTESS14.

Last Chance to Register for the Energy 2030 On the Road: Fort Worth

REGISTER TODAY for the Energy 2030 On the Road: Fort Worth Event
Monday, November 3, 2014 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Worthington Renaissance Hotel
200 Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

The Alliance to Save Energy and SPEER are hosting Energy 2030 On the Road: Fort Worth. This will be the Alliance’s seventh event in a series that has traversed the country, hosting conversations about regional successes and opportunities for achieving the Energy 2030 goals of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030.

The event, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, has an impressive roster of confirmed speakers, including:Congressman Michael Burgess (R-TX); Bridget Lauderdale, VP and GM of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Operations; Rusty Hodapp, VP of Energy & Asset Management at DFW Airport; Sam Steele, Administrator of Sustainability Programs for the City of Ft. Worth; and Don Clevenger, Sr. Vice President of Strategic Planning for Oncor Energy.

SPEER is certain this will be a great opportunity to discuss the policies and practices that are critical to increasing energy productivity and hope you will consider making time to attend. If you are unable to attend but have colleagues in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metro area, please feel free to forward them the invitation.

Registration ends tomorrow!

Congratulations to our Member Steve Saunders

Steve Saunders, Contracting Business.com 2014 Hall of Fame inductee:

“It will come as no surprise to anyone that knows our Chairman, Steve Saunders, to find out that he has racked up another honor, bestowed upon him by a national industry publication.  The article announcing his new recognition insightfully notes that Steve has “uncanny ability to make people feel like they’ve known him their entire lives and are proud of that fact.”  His repeated recognition comes from his tireless dedication to energy efficiency, and green building practices, like some of us with less personality and charisma.” – Robert King

Register Now for These Great Events

SPEER is excited to support several great events in Texas coming up over the next several months. The Defense Energy Summit, the Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE) Conference, and SPEER’s 3rd Annual Summit.

The Defense Energy Summit will be November 11-13, 2014 in Austin. The Conference Agenda is posted here and Registration is open

CATEE 2014 will be on November 18-20 in Dallas, Texas. The Conference Agenda is now posted and Registration is open.

Finally, please save the date for the SPEER’s own Third Annual Summit April 13-14, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. Early Bird Registration is now open. Sponsorship information also available.

We look forward to seeing you all at these events!

Best Practices in Action

Today, SPEER, in partnership with the Houston Advanced Research Center and the State Energy Conservation Office, released another case study highlighting city initiatives to accelerate energy efficiency. This demonstrates a best practice in improving city facilities through energy savings performance contracts. Many building owners and operators struggle to manage necessary capital improvement and operations and maintenance (O&M) expenses. Energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) are one of the mechanisms by which municipalities, universities, schools, and hospitals address this challenge. read more

Texas Energy Code Compliance Collaborative Releases 2014 Energy Code Adoption Report

The Texas Energy Code Compliance Collaborative (TECCC) is an industry stakeholder group that was established in 2011 with the purpose of supporting improved compliance with the state energy code, and to measure improvement on an annual basis, per the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. SPEER is committed to provide coordination and support for the ongoing efforts of the TECCC, and to raise awareness and compliance by providing education and resources for the building community.

In this report, SPEER identifies state law, current practices and barriers to compliance, and lists the 217 Largest Cities in Texas with their current residential energy code.

TECCC 2014 Energy Code Adoption Report

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