Policy

Energy efficiency delivers proven economic and environmental benefits. Efficiency resources help increase electric reliability and lower overall energy costs.  Numerous studies have shown the abundant potential for utilizing energy efficiency as a least-cost resource.  Despite these benefits, efficiency is often underutilized, and policies are often needed to overcome barriers to reach the full potential of energy efficiency.

SPEER’s priority areas for policy are:

Rethinking Texas’ Investor-Owned Utility (IOU) Energy Efficiency Programs – Since publishing a series of policy briefs capturing the history and trends of IOU energy efficiency programs, SPEER is exploring a vision to revise and expand these programs.  SPEER is hosting collaborative meetings, including all stakeholders, to discuss the policy briefs and a vision for the future. Read more.

SPEER Commission on Texas Energy Efficiency Policy – Established in 2014, a broad stakeholder group was convened to create a shared vision for the future of efficiency in the Lone Star State. In 2017, this group reconvened to focus on rate-making and other possible improvements to the energy market.  The consensus of the group supported non-wires alternatives to traditional transmission and distribution, within certain bounds. Read more. 

Increase Access to Data to Drive Efficiency – The Public Utility Commission of Texas is moving ahead with plans to make access to energy data simple and secure through the Smart Meter Texas portal. With this change, a third-party energy management company will be able to help consumers make actionable changes to improve the efficiency of their homes and businesses, putting money in their pockets and strengthening their businesses’ bottom line. Read more.

Loads in SCED – A 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 proposed adaptation of current rule would allow energy efficiency, demand response, and on-site generation like solar to be bid into energy markets, helping customers control their energy costs. Read more.