2018 SPEER Summit

SPEER’s Annual Summit is the premier energy efficiency event for Texas and Oklahoma. In addition to excellent keynote presentations, our format includes breakout sessions for deeper dives into many efficiency topic areas such as, utility programs, building energy codes, financing, distributed generation, efficiency in electric markets, demand response, local government initiatives and much more. We hope to see you at this year’s Summit! Mark your calendars now for April 12-13, 2018!

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
1900 University Ave, Austin TX 78705
There is a small room block for overnight rooms at $229/night. Book hotel here. 

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Keynote Speakers:

Dan Delurey
President, Wedgemere Group
John Roberts
Chief Technology Officer, Cree Inc.

The New Era of Energy Efficiency

Dan will share his thoughts on how the energy world – particularly electricity – is changing, and how for the first time technology is moving faster than policy can keep up. Energy efficiency will have to change from a business and program standpoint, and this evolution must be connected to the changes underway in the energy market. He will also discuss how environmental issues and policy will not just expand the deployment of energy efficiency, but also be a driver for changes in energy efficiency practices, integration of renewable sources, and transportation. He will share his views from his vantage point in Washington at the federal level, and will share trends of change occurring in other states and countries.

Smart Light and Brilliant Power

Advanced semiconductor technologies are killing inefficiency and reshaping the way we produce, distribute, store and use electricity. From LED lighting to DC microgrids, from Commercial/Industrial IoT to smart cities, building management systems, and electric vehicle infrastructure; communicating devices have entered the mainstream to significantly change what is possible — and in doing so change our ideas about what we want and expect. In this talk we will explore these enabling technologies and their most significant uses to date, along with emerging applications of potential interest to all energy stakeholders.

Breakout Sessions:

Connecting with City Leaders

Tangible energy and water savings are available within municipal buildings in Texas and Oklahoma, saving taxpayers money and improving the work environment for many. Throughout the year, SPEER works with cities, school districts, and counties to advance energy efficiency through our City Efficiency Leadership Council. During these meetings the cities, schools, and counties have the opportunity to discuss best practices and help each other overcome barriers and implement programs. The Summit is an excellent opportunity for industry leaders to work with cities, schools, and counties to learn how the private sector can help advance efficiency within their local programs.

The Next Challenges in Residential Energy Codes

SPEER’s Energy Code work has been so successful that 90% of permits issued in Texas today are in jurisdictions that have adopted and are enforcing the 2015 Energy Code. We have also strengthened our outreach and education efforts in Oklahoma and are strengthening our network there. “Are we there yet?” The answer, of course, is no. We still need to work on implementation and compliance in the unincorporated areas of counties, introducing third-party code inspection options, and explore how above-code programs will evolve under the current more stringent codes. Join us for a discussion of these issues bring your ideas to add to the session .

Capturing Air and Climate Benefits of Energy Efficiency

Elevating the role of energy efficiency in air quality improvements and greenhouse gas emission reductions could identify additional motivation for efficiency investments in Texas. What is the value for local governments and corporations which have set increasing goals. Current energy efficiency programs do not report robust data on emission reductions, so what will it take to improve this data? With greater participation and full accounting for energy efficiency improvements, can we increase funding or incentives for the energy efficiency sector. Hear from the businesses and agencies engaged in this evolving area of policy.

Maximizing Commercial Building Performance

Resiliency is becoming a major factor in the design and operation of commercial buildings. Many companies are adopting performance goals beyond basic social responsibility standards to provide savings and compete in today’s market. The state of Texas is considering a high performance standard for state owned and higher education buildings. How can the increased use of building automation and energy management systems allow building owners to optimize performance and reduce energy use. Further gains in efficiency come from collecting and analyzing performance data and integrating that information into building management systems – which allow for planning for replacement or upgrades of equipment. Attend this session to discuss how these changes will affect the industry over the next few years.

Value Proposition of Municipal and Cooperative Utilities

Municipally owned utilities and electric cooperatives play an important part in the energy efficiency community.  Since these entities are vertically integrated, they are able to offer significantly different services to their customers than other utilities in Texas. Public utilities are governed at the local level, which allows local programs to be tailored to individual community needs and capabilities. Proposals such as an upcoming Senate interim study to consider establishing competitive electric retail markets statewide could have significant effects on these award winning energy efficiency programs. Our discussion will include the utilities’ thoughts on this issue, what impacts can be identified, and the possible effects on energy efficiency in Texas.

Transportation, Decarbonization and VW Settlement

Increasing electrification of the transportation market is connecting this sector directly to buildings and the grid.  Texas stands to receive more than $200 million, and Oklahoma $20 million, in Volkswagen (VW) settlement funds for reducing NOx emissions through vehicle buyback and modification. In addition, Texas will receive some share of the $1.2 billion that was set aside for zero emission vehicles and infrastructure projects.  Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the status of the VW settlement process, how to participate, and the impacts we can expect from this considerable investment.


SPEER's Regional Potential for Energy Efficiency

Texas was the state identified in the recent EPRI Report to have the greatest potential for energy efficiency, with Oklahoma not far behind. We will hear from the author about the methodology and findings, then hear from state leaders in our region regarding what they see in their respective states.

Restructuring Investor-owned Utility Programs for Maximum Impacts

In 1999, the Texas Legislature established the first Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) in the country.  Since then, many states have surpassed Texas’ energy efficiency goal and frankly all efforts within this region.  What are the options for expanding energy efficiency funding in the region’s incentive programs? What will it take for our region to reemerge as an energy efficiency leader, and how it would benefit our residents and businesses?

Manufacturing Energy Efficiency-Investments and Commitments

We are seeing a growing number of large corporations setting goals for sustainability, so these folks will represent a few of these businesses in our region who stand out for this reason. What are they doing, and what motivates them, how are they funding these activities and what do they need to support more of these investments in efficiency? Are they encouraging similar activities by their suppliers? Can we expect greater investments as a result of the tax reductions in future years?

Why you should attend:

“The SPEER Summit is an excellent forum and I highly recommend attending if you work within the energy or energy efficiency space.  The networking opportunities are great, and the break-out sessions and speakers are always topical and interesting. Last year I really enjoyed Dr. Tinker’s presentation on The Critical Role of Efficiency in the Global Energy Future.”
-Julie Hatfield, Texas Gas Service
“I attend the Annual SPEER Summit as it is an opportunity to talk directly to utility companies, leading manufacturer’s, state, local and federal representatives, as well as SPEER staff.  Where else do you get the chance to talk to this broad of a group that is focused on energy efficiency?  The wealth of knowledge at the SPEER Summit is amazing.  I always learn many new things at each Summit that help me make decisions on directions I take in my role.  A key thing about the SPEER Summit is the involvement and voice of all who attend.”
-Frank Forrest, Carlisle HVAC

See who joined us last year: