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SPEER Summit Agenda Now Available

This year’s agenda is packed full of the most relevant and timely topics in energy efficiency. Leaders from throughout Texas and Oklahoma and from around the country will gather to chart paths forward in everything from building codes to distributed energy resources. If it’s related to efficiency, we’ll cover it at the SPEER Summit. To register, click here while the early bird rate is still available; for a copy of the schedule and the working session descriptions, visit the SPEER’s 3rd Annual Summit page.

We have also posted full descriptions of each of the 12 working sessions, including session participants. At the SPEER Summit, we actively seek participant involvement as we work to find solutions to overcome the most persistent barriers and realize the biggest opportunities to advance energy efficiency in Texas and Oklahoma. Come join us April 13-14 in Dallas. Register now!

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SPEER’s 3rd Annual Summit Day 1 Keynote Just Announced

KATHLEEN HOGAN – DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY, U.S. Department of Energy is scheduled as SPEER’s 3rd Annual Energy Efficiency Summit Day 1 Keynote.

SPEER’s 3rd Annual Energy Efficiency Summit is scheduled to be held on April 13-14, 2015 in Dallas, Texas at the Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria. Register Now to receive early bird pricing.

Kathleen Hogan Dr. Kathleen Hogan is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In this capacity, she oversees a more than $800 million annual energy efficiency policy, program, and research portfolio including advanced manufacturing, buildings, and vehicle technologies, along with federal energy management. As part of EERE’s senior leadership, she helps to implement and achieve national energy efficiency goals, including those laid out in the President’s Climate Action Plan.

Before this position, she served for more than 10 years as the Division Director at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency responsible for the development and operation of EPA’s clean energy programs focused on removing market barriers for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

These programs included the ENERGY STAR® program, programs for combined heat and power and renewable energy, corporate leadership programs, and efforts focused on state clean energy policies. Under her management, ENERGY STAR grew to a national brand for energy efficiency across products, new homes, and buildings. She was also a key convener of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency and has served as a technical advisor on the boards of a number of national and regional energy efficiency organizations.

Earlier in her EPA career, she developed and managed programs to address emissions of methane and the high global warming potential gases including programs with the natural gas, waste management, livestock, aluminum smelting, and electronics industries. She also worked to address methane emissions in the Russian natural gas system and was an expert contributor on these topics to assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

She has been recognized for her work with a Presidential Rank Award, induction into the Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame of the U.S. Energy Association, and for being a contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

She has a Ph.D. from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Bucknell University.

While more announcements will be coming soon, it’s not too early to register and saveEarly Bird Registration is open. The hotel is offering SPEER Summit attendees a special room 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

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SPEER Commission on Texas Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations Highlighted by Texas Energy Report

The recommendations set a path forward to increase energy efficiency in Texas and were developed by a diverse group of 23 individuals, including former regulators and elected officials, and representatives of electric companies, non-profits, manufacturers, academic institutions, among others. The Texas Energy Report featured the recommendations in an article published this week.  Many of the members of the SPEER Commission  will be at the SPEER Summit April 13-14 in Dallas to discuss the recommendations which include increasing the availability of energy efficiency financing, aligning electric companies’ interests with increasing energy efficiency, maximizing efficiency in public buildings, improving energy performance of new homes and buildings, and better leveraging the smart grid to drive efficiency actions. The Commission also recommended the state use energy efficiency more as an air quality improvement strategy, and increase coordination amongst state agencies with a role in energy efficiency.

“The Commission has created a blueprint for efficiency policy efforts in Texas for both the short and long term,” said Commission Co-Chair and former Dallas County Judge Margaret Keliher. “We have presented a consensus set of policy recommendations that can move Texas toward a more efficient, stronger economy.”

“This document is the beginning of an effort to reinvigorate the state’s dedication to energy efficiency,” added Commission Co-Chair and former Austin Mayor Will Wynn.  “Efficiency stimulates jobs and economic activity, and increases the competitiveness of our state and local communities. It’s local, clean, cheap, and abundant.”

“The SPEER Commission agreed on a shared vision of how to improve the market for efficiency in Texas,” said SPEER Executive Director Doug Lewin.  “Consumers want more choices and options to use less energy and save money. Enacting these recommendations will go a long way toward giving customers those options, improving not only the efficiency of our building stock but of our economy as well.”

For the full report, including an executive summary and a roster of the Commission members, please visit our SPEER Commission on Texas Energy Efficiency Policy page

REGISTER Now for the 3rd Annual SPEER Summit to receive early bird pricing.

Hunter Lovins to Keynote Day 2 of SPEER’s Third Annual Summit

SPEER’s Third Annual Energy Efficiency Summit will be held April 13-14, 2015 in Dallas, 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, and building codes. Last year’s Summit was a great success and this year is shaping up to be even better. Register Now to receive early bird pricing.


Hunter Lovins, co-author with Amory Lovins of Natural Capitalism, is President of Natural Capitalism Solutions(NCS), a Colorado non-profit that educates senior decision makers in the business case for a Regenerative Economy. NCS, helps companies, communities and countries implement more sustainable practices profitably. Trained as a sociologist and lawyer (JD), Hunter is a professor of sustainable business management at Bard College, and Denver University; and the chief insurgent of the Madrone Project. She has recently helped launch the Institute for Green Investment in Shanghai.

Lovins has consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide, including International Finance Corporation, Unilever, Walmart, the United Nations and Royal Dutch Shell, as well as sustainability champions Interface, Patagonia and Clif Bar. She has briefed heads of state, leaders of the numerous local governments, the Pentagon, and about 30 other countries, as well as the UN, and the US Congress.

Hunter lectures regularly to audiences around the globe and has written 15 books and hundreds of articles.  Help us to welcome her to Texas.  More about Hunter Lovins


While more announcements will be coming soon, it’s not too early to register and save: Early Bird Registration is now open.  The hotel is offering SPEER Summit attendees a special room rate of $123/nt. You should reserve your room soon, because at this rate, our block of rooms will go fast. Book your room now for SPEER’s 3rd Annual Summit.

Thank you to our Summit Sponsors. Additional sponsorships are available. Click here for more information


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Mark your calendar- SPEER’s 3rd Annual Summit!

April 13-14, 2015
Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria
14901 Dallas Parkway Dallas, TX 75254

SPEER’s Energy Efficiency Summit brings together the region’s most active market participants and experts to exchange, and make plans or develop strategies on the most important issues facing the efficiency and distributed energy resources industry. You can come to listen and learn, or to participate, and get involved. This year, we’ll continue to focus on evolving issues we’ve had on the agenda in the past (e.g., Energy Codes, Efficiency and Air Quality, Utility Incentives) and take up some new ones (e.g., Utility of the Future, Residential Retrofit Financing, Distributed Generation, and Voluntary Local Initiatives). If you haven’t already, register now for the Summit, in Dallas April 13-14, and see below for an example of some of the industry experts who will be helping us shape the agenda and discussions. More session leaders, as well as announcements of keynotes, coming soon!

• Utility 2.0: Integrating Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, Storage, and Distributed Generation: Michael Quinn, VP and CTO of Oncor; Debbie Kimberly, VP, Austin Energy; Mark Lane, EVP Demand Response, THG Energy Solutions; Eric Gimon, Senior Fellow, Energy Innovation
• Energy Efficiency and Air Quality: John Hall, Texas Director, Clean Energy at EDF; Dr. David Claridge, Director, Texas A&M’s Energy Systems Laboratory; Heather Lerch, Program Specialist, Oklahoma Dept. of Environmental Quality
• Commercial Building Retrofit Financing: Matt Golden, Sr. Energy Finance Project Consultant, Investor Confidence Project; Dennis Quinn, COO, Joule Assets; Jason Putnam, VP, Noesis Energy; and Cliff Braddock, Keeping PACE in Texas and Pepco Energy Services
• Residential Retrofit Financing: Colin Bishopp, VP, Renewable Funding; Scott McKinlay, VP, Renovate America; Curt Rich, President and CEO, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.
• Distributed Energy Services: David Walters, President, Walters Power International, and former Governor of Oklahoma; Carl Linvill, Principal, Regulatory Assistance Project; David Smithson, Policy Analyst, Public Utility Commission of Texas, Kenneth Ragsdale, Principal, Market Design, ERCOT
• Combined Heat and Power and Critical Infrastructure: Lynn Crawford, Market Leader for Energy and Utilities, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.; Dr. Gavin Dillingham, Research Scientist, Clean Energy Policy, Houston Advanced Research Center; Paul Cauduro, Director, Cogeneration Industries Council; Ray Deyoe, Managing Director, Integral Power

These are just half of the working sessions. Look for more information of these and other sessions in coming days and weeks.

Registration is now open for Early Bird pricing.

For information on Summit Sponsorship click here.

Thank you to our Sponsors who make the Summit possible. A limited number of sponsorships are still available.


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Registration Open and Topics Announced for SPEER’s Third Annual Summit

Early bird registration is now open for SPEER’s Third Annual Summit which will be held in Dallas this year as we expect an even larger crowd of utilities, cities, governmental agencies, advocates, and industry representatives.  If increasing energy efficiency in Texas and Oklahoma is important to you, the SPEER Summit should not be missed.

This is the premier event focused on energy efficiency in the region and provides excellent opportunities for networking for attendees and marketing for sponsors. SPEER designs the event to bring people together to identify strategies and actions that will accelerate energy efficiency in our region.  The Summit format emphasizes working sessions to define goals, strategies, and tactics to increase the use of energy efficient products, services, and technologies.  The project areas listed below reflect our organization’s work and will be focus areas at the Summit.  Others will be added and these are subject to change leading up to the Summit.  For more information, please call SPEER Executive Director, Doug Lewin at (512) 279-0753.

Summit Topics
Status of Utility Efficiency Programs
Utility 2.0: Integrating EE, DR, DG, and Storage
Building Energy Codes
Lighting Opportunities
Residential Retrofit Financing
Voluntary Challenges: 2030, Better Buildings and More
Commercial Building Retrofit Financing
City Initiatives to Accelerate Efficiency
Distributed Energy Resources
Critical Infrastructure and CHP
Creating a Smart Energy Roadmap: Using Data to Drive Efficiency
Energy Efficiency as an Emissions Reduction Strategy

Register now for early bird pricing, and book your hotel for a limited time at a special room rate of $123 per night.  Click here to book your room now.

Limited number of sponsorship are still available. For information please click here, or contact Doug Lewin at 512.279.0753 or


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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:

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.


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