Newsletter: Happy Holidays from TEPRI

Happy Holidays from TEPRI!

Dear Friends,

Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute wishes you a joyous holiday season! We thank you for all your support of our efforts to inspire lasting energy solutions for low-income communities this past year. We are grateful to have connections with impactful community leaders and energy partners doing great work every day to serve the needs of our neighbors. We wish you and your families the happiest of holidays, and we look forward to continuing our work together in 2018!


Dana Harmon, Executive Director

TEPRI Newsletter – December 21, 2017

Member Spotlight: Austin Energy

We would like to congratulate Austin Energy for its recent recognition as Utility of the Year by SmartCitiesDIVE. We are also excited about Austin Energy’s new low-income solar project that generates promising rewards for the Springdale neighborhood. The upcoming La Loma Solar Farm will go online by the end of 2017, providing clean energy to subscribers in the surrounding area.  According to the Austin Chronicle, “Half of La Loma’s 2.5 megawatt capacity could be reserved for income-verified customers.”  We thank Austin Energy for its stewardship and support for low-income families.

DOE Toolkit Launch: A New Approach to Evaluate as You Go

TEPRI was honored to have participated in DOE’s Toolkit Launch: A New Approach to Evaluate as You Go. On December 7th, 2017 the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy hosted a peer exchange call to give an overview of the DOE’s latest toolkit. This toolkit offered an overview of the building blocks that can help residential energy efficiency program conduct meaningful, targeted evaluations during implementation and a step-by-step framework for learning from insights to achieve greater impact. Evaluation experts described in detail how the concepts in the toolkit can be applied in the residential energy efficiency space to strengthen program performance.

New NEUAC Webinar Series

The National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition launched their year-round webinar series this December on the best practices and available products in the low-income energy field. The NEUAC Community of Practice Webinar Series shares the best practices and topical information related to low-income energy programs. The NEUAC Webinar Series provides information on services and products that can help low-income energy professionals advance their missions. Register now for NEUAC’s next Leveraging Analytics to Improve Targeting Low Income Populations webinar on January 4, 2018 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CST.

REMINDER: Empowering Texas Communities Conference is Coming Up!

Join Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute (TEPRI) and the Texas Association of Community Development Corporations (TACDC) from March 4 – 6, 2018 in Galveston, for a three-day discussion on statewide energy poverty and community development issues.

Thank you CenterPoint Energy, TXU Energy, Texas Gas Service and Dentons for Your Sponsorship at the Empowering Texas Communities Conference 2018!

Solar Business Festival

Texas Solar Business Week’s 2nd annual Solar Business Festival took place on November 29 & 30, 2017. TEPRI’s executive director, Dana Harmon moderated the panel that focused on Solar Energy Development in Texas. The panel discussed current efforts in order to expand the benefits of solar energy to address underserved communities, with a focus on fighting energy poverty and how the development community is tackling the Texas market.

Our Team is Growing!

We are excited to announce that we are welcoming two new staff members to our team! Emma Lindrose will be managing our sponsorship efforts for The Empowering Texas Communities Conference in March 2018. She comes to us with a wealth of experience working in non-profit development and special events ranging from local luncheons to large-scale conference for international organizations. We also welcome communications intern, Madalyn Cantu to our team. Madalyn is a senior in the Moody School of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin.  She joins TEPRI to help support the ongoing communications efforts to grow support and awareness of TEPRI.