In this newsletter:

  • SPEER's Annual Policy + Industry Workshop: September 14-15
  • Federal Funding Workshop + Happy Hour: Dallas, May 25th
  • New Blog
  • Events and Webinars
  • Noteworthy Items
  • Member Highlight

SPEER's Annual Policy + Industry Workshop

September 14-15, 2023.

Tired of waiting? Registration is open!

Join SPEER members, partners, and allies for two days of energy dialogue. We’ll discuss the changing energy landscape, regional grid issues, record setting demand, demand-side solutions and energy use reduction through distributed energy resources, energy efficiency implementation, Federal funding opportunities for the south-central region and more.


SPEER members are free

Non-member $129


Archer Hotel

3121 Palm Way, Austin, Texas 78758

Book your room through our room block now.

Who can you expect to be there?

Utilities, manufacturers, local governments, energy service providers, and implementers to name a few.

Get a recap of last year's event here. Only 134 days until we meet!

Register Now

Sponsorship Opportunities

Your sponsorship will support our mission and help continue the sustaining efforts as we educate and expand energy efficiency across the Texas and Oklahoma region. This is a unique opportunity for your organization to connect with industry specialist and SPEER's influential audience. Sponsors will receive branding on all conference material, newsletters, website and social media placement as well as free attendance badges.

Interested in kicking off our conference and providing the Welcoming remarks or hosting the networking happy hour? What about providing professional headshots or everyone's favorite breakfast tacos? Learn more about our sponsorship offerings here.

Federal Funding Workshop + Happy Hour: May 25th

The passage of both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) means billions of federal dollars will be allocated to states for deployment and upgrading for weatherization and energy efficiency resources. These resources will lower energy costs and reduce carbon emissions, among other benefits, and will make it more affordable for families to purchase energy efficient equipment when they need to make repairs to their home or office.

Join SPEER in collaboration with the Energy Services Coalition (ESC) Texas Chapter, on May 25th for a panel discussion focused on “No dollar left behind”. Our expert panel will provide up-to-date information on the Investment & Infrastructure Jobs Act (II&JA), the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the expected flow of funds and timeframes, what is included in the bill relevant to our audience, how to seek funds, and offer a forum for questions. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Reach out to Liz John at


When: May 25th, 2:00-4:30 PM

WhereJ. Erik Jonsson Central Library (Hamon Room – 5th Floor)

1515 Young St, Dallas, TX 75201

*Parking is free


→ Eddy Trevino, State Energy Conservation Office (SECO)

→ Crystal Perkins, South Central Regional Intergovernmental and External Affairs Specialist, DOE

→ Cassidy Ellis, Ameresco

→ Shaun Auckland, SPEER

Networking happy hour

When: May 25th, 4:30-6:30 PM

WhereHarwood Tavern

333 Harwood Street, Dallas TX 75201

Drinks and apps will be provided.

*Free parking located on the corner of Wood St. and South St. Paul St., directly behind the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas.

Save Your Spot

Catch a recap of our April workshop in San Antonio sponsored by Energy Federation with presentations from EFI, CLEAResult and SPEER's Policy Manager. Here you'll also find all upcoming regional workshops and happy hour opportunities.

US House’s repeal of energy-saving investments & its potential implications

Passage of HR 1 on March 30, 2023 by the US House of Representatives could have long-term detrimental effects on how states, including Texas, administer energy efficiency programs and what grants and rebates would be available to homeowners. This impacts your wallet, home comfort/health, and our grid. Read more on SPEER's statement.

Upcoming Events + Webinars

Head over to our calendar for upcoming SPEER events + webinars including: Weatherization & HVAC training in Oklahoma, regional Texas energy and resource community engagement groups, SPEER workshops, and more. Missed previously offered webinars? You can watch over 140 recordings any time on our YouTube channel!

CxEnergy 2023, the leading event in commissioning, building technology, and energy management, kicks off today! Taking place May 2-5 CxEnergy has 30+ educational sessions, a premier expo hall featuring the latest technology in the industry, and professional networking opportunities in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX.

CxEnergy draws hundreds of the nation’s leading commissioning experts, energy management professionals, MEP engineers, HVAC testing professionals, facility managers and building owners. Government officials, code authorities, and institutional building owners & facility managers may register at a special rate of $99. Other attendees may use promo code SUPPORTING10 to receive a 10% discount. Earn up to 8 AIA LUs. Register at


US Secretary of Energy announces creation of Great Plains Center of Excellence at Oklahoma State University

Congratulations to Oklahoma where the US Secretary of Energy announced the creation of Great Plains Center of Excellence (GPCoE) at Oklahoma State University! This center will be housed within OSU’s Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology and is one of five competitively selected higher education institutions to serve as Centers of Excellence for DOE’s Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) Program

Of the combined $18.7 million in funding slated for the five new centers, the GPCoE has received a nearly $7 million funding award. That funding will directly impact the center’s ability to conduct industrial assessments aimed at helping clients reduce energy usage and increase productivity, while educating the next generation of energy, waste and productivity professionals using next-generation, integrated tools and technologies, such as smartphone apps, drones and virtual/augmented reality. Read the full press release. 

Austin Energy is hiring the following positions:

Energy Development Program Manager (Resiliency as a Service)


Energy Efficiency Services Manager (Commercial & Multifamily)


Energy Efficiency Services Manager (Demand Response)

Member Highlight

SPEER member, CLEAResult, announces the launch of ATLAS Partner Hub: a one-stop shop for utility program partner engagement. Recognizing that energy efficiency programs rely on strong, collaborative relationships with residential and commercial trade allies to help maximize outreach and sales, this user friendly portal will improve partner engagement across the board. Learn more.

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