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.
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.
We look forward to seeing you all at these events!
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
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.
Register Now for a great education opportunity. The BCA Texas Chapter and Dallas 2030 District Existing Building Commissioning Summit will be held in Dallas, Texas on September 19, 2014 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Centre for Building Performance, 1801 Royal Lane #400, Dallas, Texas 75229
Topics include: Financing, Electrical and Mechanical equipment, Dallas 2030 District Programs, Existing Building Enclosure Commissioning and many more. Click here to register today to reserve your seat or view the agenda.
Utility Dive, August 11, 2014.
- Texas has spent more than $2.5 billion installing smart meters across the state since 2007, but has struggled to help low-income customers take full advantage of the new technology, according to the Texas Tribune.
- In 2009, state regulators ordered utilities Oncor, CenterPoint and AEP Texas to assist low-income Texans by budgeting $18.5 million to provide them with Home and Business Area Networks (HAN) to help utilize the smart meters. The funds, however, have not been used.
- The result, consumer advocates argue, is that low-income families are paying for smart meters they cannot fully use.
SPEER’s 3rd Annual Summit has been scheduled! The Summit will be held at the Dallas / Addison Marriot Quorum by the Galleria on April 13-14, 2015. Early bird registration is now open. The Dallas / Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria is offering SPEER Summit attendees a special group rate of $123 / nt. You should reserve your room soon, because at this rate, our block of rooms will go fast. Click here to Book your room now for SPEER’s 3rd Annual Summit.
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 retrofitting street lights to achieve significant savings on energy costs and maintenance. With the growth of the LED market comes a large number of manufacturers who are offering high quality and long lamp-life. read more
The Energy Code Ambassador Program presented by SPEER to provide local support for energy code adoption and compliance. The program encourages direct interaction with trained and experienced code and building professionals. SPEER is expanding the participation in this program to include builders, raters, or third party inspectorsinterested in participating. We are now recruiting another group of building professionals to expand our reach into remaining areas of Texas and Oklahoma. All applicants must be ICC certified in energy codes and willing to volunteer 3-5 hours per month for peer-to-peer training and consultation. If you are interested in becoming an Energy Code Ambassador please fill out the Ambassador application, and download and complete the sponsorship letter.
Study Discusses Achievements, Shortcomings and Next steps for Effort to Increase Smarter Energy Use
The South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER), today released “An Update on Smart Energy in Texas.” The report examines the promise and potential of smart energy in Texas. It highlights how the state is leading on smart energy with seven million smart meters in use, a common portal (Smart Meter Texas) for four of the largest utilities in the state, and 15 minute data available to customers. However, it also underscores the need for Texas to take further steps to maintain this position of leadership.
Texas is only beginning to use the intelligence smart meters can provide to enable more efficient energy usage such as time of use pricing and demand response. The state is also not yet allowing third parties to access and use their data in ways that would reduce their spending on electricity and contribute to a more economically efficient electric system. Such access is scheduled to be launched later this year, in hopes to attract private sector innovators.
Further, education efforts to help customers capture greater benefits from their smart meters are essentially nonexistent, and there are still limited incentives to encourage smarter energy usage. Only 60,000 customers (0.8 percent) have ever logged into the state’s innovative Smart Meter Texas portal, only 30,000 log in per month (less than ½ of one percent) and less than 0.2 percent of the smart meters in the state have been connected to a device designed to manage energy usage. Perhaps of greater concern, the report reveals, that these miniscule numbers are reportedly declining in recent years.