Recommendations of the SPEER Commission on Texas Energy Efficiency Policy

The SPEER Commission on Texas Energy Efficiency Policy released over 20 recommendations earlier this year in the culmination of several meetings by a diverse and experienced group of 23 individuals, including former regulators and legislators, and representatives of electric companies, non-profits, manufacturers, and academic institutions. The Commission made a wide range of recommendations including 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. Representatives of the Commission will discuss its “blueprint for efficiency policy efforts in Texas” that can move Texas toward a more efficient, stronger economy.