Newsletter: Energy and the path to self-sufficiency

Friends of TEPRI,

I truly believe that now more than ever, we in the energy space have the power to fight poverty.   Our work is not just about energy poverty, it’s about understanding the role energy can play on the path from poverty to self-sufficiency.  We are working to understand relationships between energy and housing, health, education, and economic opportunity.

Our upcoming Empowering Texas Communities conference is significant step in the right direction with housing and economic opportunity, because by partnering with TACDC we are bringing together the energy and affordable housing communities to talk about issues affecting both.  In 2018, TEPRI will view each of these relationships through three lenses – social, financial, and environmental.

As always, I’d love to hear form you! Feel free to contact me anytime.

Sincerely,

Dana Harmon, Executive Director

TEPRI Newsletter – October 16, 2017

SUBMIT A PANEL: 2018 EMPOWERING TEXAS COMMUNITIES CONFERENCE

We are excited to announce that TEPRI is joining forces with TACDC to co-host a conference March 4-6, 2018 at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, Texas.  Mark your calendars and plan to join us as we bring together state leaders and national leading thinkers on all things energy, housing, community development and poverty.
Submit a panel suggestion here!

OUR TEAM IS GROWING!

We are excited to welcome Graduate Research Assistant Michelle Plunkett to our team! Michelle is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Public Affairs program at The University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.  She joins TEPRI to help support the Policy Research Project as part of the Texas Low-Income Communities Profile series. Thank you to The UT Energy Institute and The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation for supporting TEPRI and Michelle’s work with us.

TEPRI is currently looking for a part-time team member to fill our Communication Intern role. This position will be a critical team member who supports TEPRI communications, marketing, branding, and special events including our social media and website for 2017-2018.  Know someone you think would be a good fit?  Send them our way!  Learn more here.

VISIT OUR POSTER SESSION AT THE BECC CONFERENCE

TEPRI is presenting our released Energy Poverty Landscape Analysis at the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference in Sacramento, CA on Tuesday, October 17.  We aim to increase understanding of energy poverty and to raise awareness including discussing key findings:

  • Housing and financial barriers areupstream challenges affectingdownstream solutions
  • We need greater understanding of low-to-moderate income customers and how they are affected by power sector
  • Opportunities exist to scale up profitable low-to-moderate income customer services

Please let us know if you’ll be attending the conference.  We’d love to connect!

ICYMI – UNDERSTANDING ENERGY BURDENS THROUGH STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT AND PUBLIC DATA

Hosted by TEPRI Executive Director Dana Harmon and featuring TEPRI’s summer EDF Climate Corp Fellow, Michael Reiner, watch as we share insights from Low-Income Community Profile report, key takeaways from our stakeholder interviews, and the role of collaboration between agencies providing energy assistance.

HOW IS YOUR PROGRAM?

In the coming months, TEPRI would like to turn our attention to effective models for bringing benefits of solar energy to low-income communities, as well as best practices for energy efficiency in affordable housing.  We’d love to hear your examples of programs or models that have been particularly effective and worth sharing, or simply good ideas looking for a proof of concept.