Local governments are increasingly leaders in energy efficiency. Energy management programs and efficiency projects enable cities to better maintain their buildings and equipment while saving public monies in utility expenses. SPEER, in partnership with the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the Meadows Foundation support city energy management by facilitating sharing of best practices in energy efficiency, while strengthening relationships among local governments.
SPEER’s City Efficiency Leadership Council initially convened Texas’ six largest cities in a network to support energy efficiency initiatives. Today the Council includes representatives from cities of various sizes, school districts, and other public entities across the state, engaged in sharing opportunities for partnership and resource exchange in and an effort to expand the adoption of energy management best practices.
Through this collaborative network, SPEER developed the City Efficiency Toolkit, a playbook and guide on establishing and growing energy efficiency initiatives for public entities.
Public entities in the most populated portions of Texas are required to establish electricity reduction goals and report annually to the State Energy Conservation Office. SPEER is launching a new effort to encourage development of energy efficiency plans and increase reporting to SECO.