Policy

Energy efficiency is usually the least-cost energy resource, but policies are often needed overcome barriers to reach its full potential. Efficiency delivers proven economic and environmental benefits. Efficiency resources help increase electric reliability and lower overall energy costs. Despite these benefits, efficiency is often underutilized. Numerous potential studies have shown that efficiency could be applied cost effectively far more than it is currently.

SPEER’s priority areas for policy are:

Examining the History of Energy Efficiency Programs in Texas-Policy Brief Series- A review and spotlight on selected issues related to the implementation of investor owned utility energy efficiency programs in Texas since 2002. Read more.

SPEER Commission on Texas Energy Efficiency Policy- was established in 2014, to create a shared vision for the future of efficiency in the Lone Star State. Read more. 

Increase the Use of Data to Drive Efficiency- Granular energy consumption data tells a story. With the help of a retail electric provider, a utility, and/or an energy management company, consumers can gain actionable insights to improve the efficiency of their homes and businesses, putting money in their pockets and strengthening their bottom line. Read more.

Loads in SCED—A whole class of emerging companies, technologies and services are emerging to help utility customers alter or control their consumption in response to price signals or market conditions.  This is increasingly making Demand Response a resource to energy markets, and load serving entities, while helping customers control their energy costs. Read more.

All of these and more were addressed in the recommendations of the SPEER Commission on Texas Energy Efficiency Policy page.