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Early Bird Registration Ends Today, Register Now

SPEER’s 3rd Annual Summit early bird registration ends tonight at midnight. Register now to receive this discounted registration.

Visit SPEER’s 3rd Annual Summit page to download this year’s schedule and Summit session descriptions.

Discounted hotel rates end on March 30th, so book your room now to receive the low rate of $123/nt.


Thank you to all our Sponsors!

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Early Bird Registration was Extended! Register Today

We have extended our Early Bird Registration prices until Friday, March 20th for our Third Annual Summit. Make sure you REGISTER NOW to receive the early bird pricing.

Also, please note that the discounted hotel rates at the Dallas / Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria will expire on March 30, 2015.  To book a room at the discounted rate of $123/night, click here.

We would like to Thank All of our Summit Sponsors for their support and making this event possible!

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If you are interested in sponsoring the Summit there are a few sponsorship’s left, contact us today to sign up!


Keynote Day 2 Lunch: Future of Smart Technology: What Consumers Want

Join us at SPEER’s 3rd Annual Summit to hear Tom Kerber, a local Dallas expert on smart grid, home controls and energy management. Don’t forget early bird rates end soon; register today.

Texas and Oklahoma are both leaders in smart energy. Groundbreaking programs aimed at shifting customer usage and increasing efficiency of buildings and the grid are underway. In addition to the working session:Creating a Smart Energy Roadmap: Using Data to Drive Efficiency, we will have a keynote on the Future of Smart Technology: What Consumers Want by Tom Kerber, Director of Research for Home Controls & Energy at Parks Associates. Participate in the working session and hear from Tom Kerber about the ways in which data is providing actionable, individualized suggestions to consumers, how apps and enhanced user experience are driving more efficiency, and how automation is making it all possible without burdening customers.

Choice Kerber Tom (4)Tom is the Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy. He leads Parks Associates research in the areas of home controls, energy management, and home networks. Tom authors numerous reports on energy management and home controls covering the evolution of technology, partnership opportunities, and new business models. Tom’s work at Parks Associates includes managing consumer surveys that track trends and market opportunities and enable insightful evidence-based forecasting for energy, security, and home controls. Tom speaks frequently at key industry events, and his views are sought out by national press organizations and publications.

Tom has done extensive consulting with many Fortune 500 companies, helping clients define or refine smart home strategies, develop strategic plans including market assessments, competitive positioning, channel analysis, and scenarios of the future of the smart home market.  Tom has assisted numerous clients with enhancing product roadmaps including researching product features, product mix modeling, packaging, messaging, and developing overall new product launch go-to-market strategies.

Tom has also done extensive consulting with electric utilities operating in a variety of regulator structures. Recent utility engagements include defining the home area network roadmap for a California IOU, updating the consumer engagement strategy for a traditional vertically integrated IOU, providing consumer and industry analysis to refine EE and DR programs for an IOU in a restructured market, and providing insights on the evolution of the connected home for a large Midwest IOU.

Prior to working at Parks Associates, Tom worked as director of engineering and director of product management in multiple industries. Tom began his career in the U.S. Navy nuclear power program on submarines. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in systems engineering and a master’s in software engineering from the University of Texas.

Early bird rates end soon; register today. Discounted hotel rates end soon as well. Book your room today to receive the very low $123/nt rate.

See the schedule, working session descriptions, and information about our keynotes at the links provided and on our Summit main page here.


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Early Bird Discount Ending This Week, Register Today for SPEER Summit

There are only three days left to receive a discounted registration to the Third Annual SPEER Summit.

The Summit is shaping up to be a great event again this year.  For a description of the working sessions and featured participants, please click here.

And don’t forget to book a room at the special rate of $123/night. Click here to book online

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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Look Who’s Coming to the SPEER Summit

The SPEER Summit is the biggest gathering each year focused on energy efficiency initiatives in Texas and Oklahoma.  Already, representatives of over 100 companies, organizations, and government entities are planning to attend to hear from our keynote speakers, Dr. Kathleen Hogan of the US DOE and Hunter Lovins of Natrual  Capitalism, and to participate in working sessions on energy codes, utility programs, financing retrofits (residential and commercial), distributed energy resources, efficiency and air quality, local government initiatives, utiliity of the future, and more. Don’t miss it. Register today.

For the schedule, descriptions of working sessions, and more please click here, and see below for a list of organizations and companies who will be attending the Summit. Join them and us and register today!

Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Affiliated Engineers
Alliance to Save Energy
American Chemistry Council
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
Appliance Standards Awareness Project
Architecture 2030
Austin Energy
Austin Energy Green Building Program
Bank of America
BASF’s Center for Building Excellence
Bayer Material Science
Britt Makela Group
Building Performance Council
Butler Group
Carlisle HVAC
CenterPoint Energy
City of Dallas
City of El Paso
City of Fort Worth
City of Houston
City of Plano
City of San Antonio
CNA Energy
Dallas 2030 District
Department of Energy (US DOE)
Direct Energy
DR International
Dow Chemical
EIS Lighting
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
Electric Utility Marketing Managers of Texas (EUMMOT)
Energy and Resource Solutions
Energy Efficient Codes Coalition
Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC
Energy Savvy
Energy Systems Laboratory
Entegral Solutions
Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Environments for Living
Facility Performance Associates
First Fuel
Franklin Energy
Frontier Associates
Harcourt Brown
Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)
ICF International
Integral Power
Intelligent Energy Solutions
Investor Confidence Project
Johnson Controls
Joule Assets
Keeping PACE in Texas
Lucid Design Group
Mission: Data
Mitsubishi Electric Cooling and Heating
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Natural Capitalism
Noesis Energy
National Home Performance Coalition
North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA)
North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG)
Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC)
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ)
Oklahoma Sustainability Network (OSN)
OSRAM Sylvania
Parks Associates
Pedernales Electric Cooperative
Pepco Energy Services
Performance Services
Plano Solar Advocates
Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT)
Regulatory Assistance Project
Renewable Funding
Renovate America
Responsible Energy Codes Alliance
Schneider Electric
Sierra Club
Standard Utility
Stratus Energy
Tempo Mechanical
Texas A&M University’s Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL)
Texas Combined Heat and Power Initiative
exas Energy Code Compliance Collaborative
Texas Gas Service
exas-New Mexico Power (TNMP)
TexEnergy Solutions
Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO)
THG Energy Solutions
TXU Energy
University of Texas at Arlington
US EcoLogic
US Green Building Council (USGBC)
Walters Power


Thank you to our sponsors!

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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!

Special Thank you to Our Summit Sponsors!

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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

Thank you to our Summit Sponsors!

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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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