Newsletter: Working to Serve Those in Need Through Energy

Friends of TEPRI,

It’s hot…really hot. Here in Austin, we’ve already topped our annual average of 100 degree plus days. For too many of our neighbors in Texas, the cost of trying to stay comfortable in this heat creates a significant and often unbearable burden. Thank you to all of you who are working to help vulnerable individuals during this peak season. I’m continually inspired by the tireless work of our utility and retail electric partners and social service organizations to serve the energy needs of those facing hardships in our community. Together, we will develop better understanding, create innovative solutions, and fight energy poverty across Texas.

If you aren’t a member of TEPRI already, please consider joining. Your membership contributions will help us inspire lasting energy solutions for low-income communities across the state, and will be leveraged with grants and other research contributions for greater impact. In our first year alone, for every $1 we’ve raised in membership dues, we’ve raised $2 in grants and research contributions. Thank you all for your continuing support our mission.

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


Dana Harmon, Executive Director


A New Approach to Understanding Energy Burdens in Texas Webinar 

Please join us for a discussion on gaps in knowledge, stakeholder networks, and energy vulnerability in Texas’ low-income communities.  Hosted by TEPRI Executive Director Dana Harmon and featuring TEPRI’s summer EDF Climate Corp Fellow Michael Reiner, we will share insights from our summer work on our Texas Low-Income Communities Profile report. Key takeaways from the stakeholder analysis will be discussed, highlighting the role of collaboration between agencies providing energy programs. Michael will review how publicly available data can be used to identify vulnerable communities and inform the current energy landscape. He will also reveal preliminary results of a new methodology to predict and map energy burdens.

Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM CST

Registration: We hope you can join the conversation — CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

And just for fun, check out Mike’s post about his fellowship with us posted on the Urban Energy Justice Research Group’s blog.  

Poster Presentation at the 2018 BECC Conference

We are honored to have been selected to present our recently released Energy Poverty Landscape Analysis at the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference on October 15-18, 2017.  In this session, we aim to increase understanding of energy poverty and to raise awareness about the state of play in the power sector by providing an analysis of the landscape of publicly available current research, leading to three key conclusions: 

  • Housing and financial barriers are upstream challenges affecting downstream solutions
  • We need greater understanding of LMI consumers and how affected by power sector
  • Opportunities exist to scale up profitable LMI services

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


Available Now: The Landscape Analysis of Research on Energy Poverty

Download your copy of TEPRI’s first publication today! This working paper provides an analysis of the landscape of publicly available current research and will help increase your understanding of the complex nexus of energy and poverty.

Click here to view our press release with the full announcement.
Download “The Landscape Analysis of Research on Energy Poverty” here.

The Texas Low-Income Communities Profile Series 

We’ve spent the summer conducting stakeholder interviews and analyzing publicly available data for our this project.. Thanks to TEPRI member EDF for making this work possible. This fall we are launching the second and third phases of the project in which we will be conducting primary data collection through an online survey. We are excited to partner with the University of Texas’ LBJ PRP Program under the direction of Professor Heath Prince, PhD.

We are actively seeking funding and additional partners for this project. If you are interested in getting involved, I would love to visit with you!


NEUAC Conference

Thank you to TXU Energy and Entergy for sponsoring our involvement in the recent NEUAC conference. It was a great opportunity to connect with others around the country focused on low-income energy issues. The conference featured several tracks relevant to our work including vulnerable populations, energy efficiency and renewables, energy policy and advocacy, and energy assistance and education. Several good resources from the conference are available here. Please check them out.

Austin Affordability Summit

Thank you to Austin Energy for including TEPRI in its recent Affordability Summit. It’s clear to us that community partnerships are critical, and it is by working together that we can best serve those in need in our communities.


SAVE THE DATE:  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. Learn more and stay connected to TEPRI – follow us on Twitter! @TXenergypoverty