TEPRI Newsletter – April 12, 2018

Friends of TEPRI,

What an amazing spring!  We’ve gotten off to a great start in 2018, and we’re looking forward to an impactful rest of the year.

Our first major event, the Empowering Texas Communities Conference was held in Galveston in March.  The conference was a resounding success and we want to thank all of you who made the trip to Galveston and participated in the discussions.

We are excited to welcome our two new members, TXU Energy and Texas Gas Service!  Each of these organizations brings a unique perspective that will help us advance our mission of inspiring lasting energy solutions for low-income communities.

In addition, we are pleased to welcome our new Board Chair, Patrick Reinhart, El Paso Electric assistant vice president of external affairs.  We’d like to offer our sincerest appreciation to Mike Stockard for his two years of service, and welcome his continued leadership as a Board Director.

Stay tuned to TEPRI this year as we roll out new opportunities to connect with Texas communities, engage with peers in the energy security conversation, focus on clean technologies and spring into action with critical partners.


Dana Harmon, Executive Director

April Newsletter – An Empowered Start to Spring

TEPRI Welcomes Two New Members:

Texas Gas Service (TGS) is the third largest gas distribution company in Texas. We’re honored to have TGS’s trustworthy services get us one step closer to generating a world where everyone has access to sustainable energy.  Check out the press release on TGS joining TEPRI here!

In Case You Missed It: 2018 Empowering Texas Communities

Last month, more than 200 people joined TEPRI and TACDC for theEmpowering Texas Communities 2018 Conference. We enjoyed two days of important conversations on: creating new investments in opportunity zones, building resilient communities, generating equitable and inclusive disaster recovery, and much more. Special thanks to the generous sponsors who contributed to make this event a success:  LCRA, AEP, Entergy, Center Point Energy, Direct Energy, TXU Energy, Texas Gas Services and Dentons.

Happening This Week:

The University of Texas McCombs School of Business is hosting the 8th Annual Austin Electricity Conference (AEC) on April 12 & 13th. This event will explore the technological, business, operational, policy and regulatory aspects of the transformation of the electricity system that is underpinned by the underlying information system.

Don’t miss the 2018 SPEER Summit, on April 12th & 13th.  There will be discussions covering all aspects of energy efficiency and energy policy.  See the details below and register here.

TXU is a recognized energy retail provider known for its generosity in helping the community. We look forward to partnering with TXU on energy solutions for low-income communities!

Project Update: The Texas Low-Income Communities Profile Report

The Texas Low-Income Community Profile Series is coming to a close. In May 2018, our team of graduate students, through our collaboration with UT Austin’sLyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will complete the final report. The report will present the findings of year-long research conducted on low-income consumers and their relationship to energy throughout 11 geographic regions in Texas. It will also include: the results of TEPRI’s primary survey data collection, interviews with consumers, and secondary Federal survey data. The project’s findings will be available for TEPRI members in the form of the final report and an interactive web-based GIS tool as early as mid-May 2018. TEPRI would like to extend a special thanks to the Environmental Defense Fund who supported this project through their Diversity & Justice grant program!

Paula Gold-Williams was named the 2018 ETS Thought Leader of the Year!

CPS Energy CEO Paula Gold-Williams was named 2018 “ETS Thought Leader of the Year.” As the leader of CPS Energy, Gold-Williams has steered CPS Energy to an AA+ credit rating and earned the title for being the number one energy company in Texas for solar generation. Her brave vision inspires change in the conversation on how cities and communities must collaborate to reach lasting success.
Way to go, Paula and CPS Energy!

Sign up to attend to this spring’s LIEIF workshop hosted by Exceleron from April 17-18th, 2018 in Dallas, TX. The Low Income Energy Issues Forum (LIEIF) proposes innovative and integrated policies and approaches that help close the widening gap between what vulnerable energy consumers can pay and their current utility bills.