Newsletter – A sense of opportunity in springtime

Dear Friends of TEPRI,

Every year I’m awestruck by the beauty and sense of opportunity in springtime.  So much life, so many colors, such vigor in the air, activity all around.  I’m happy to share that this spring has already brought several exciting new developments here at TEPRI.  Our membership continues to grow and we are thrilled to welcome two new Directors to our Governing Board.

We are also excited to release our 2019-2021 Strategic Plan, which articulates our goals of reducing low-to-moderate income energy burdens through energy efficiency, utility assistance, and workforce development; increasing resource efficiency by leveraging disparate funding sources and demonstrating pathways that scale; and advancing energy service and support for LMI households by demonstrating how solar, storage, electric vehicles, and smart technologies may provide benefits.  We thank you for your continued support as we embark on the next phase of our mission guided by this new strategy and the many wonders of the spring season.

As always, thank you all for the work you to do serve our disadvantaged neighbors.


Dana Harmon
Executive Director


Frontier Energy

Frontier Energy is a professional consulting firm that specializes in energy efficiency and advanced energy solutions for residential and commercial buildings, food service, transportation, and next generation grid. We’re excited to come together to expand opportunities for low-income energy consumers in Texas.

Steve Wiese, Director of Implementation at Frontier Energy, is also excited about the partnership. He says, “We see our alliance with TEPRI as a unique opportunity to expand and improve our innovative approaches to serving low income energy customers and their utilities.”

Frontier looks forward to collaborating with TEPRI and other TEPRI members to identify, clarify, and simplify pathways for leveraging multiple funding sources toward meeting these needs.

Click here to download a copy of the press release.


TEPRI Approves Two New Board Members

We are thrilled to announce that our Board of Directors is expanding with the addition of two new energy leaders:

Ned Ross, Governmental Affairs at Direct Energy

On joining the Board, Ned shares, “Until TEPRI was formed by Becky and spearheaded by Dana, no resource existed to locate meaningful information on the daily struggle of energy poverty.  The role of TEPRI in our rapidly evolving energy market will only grow as the century-old centralized model gives way to new technologies and localized solutions.

Texas already enjoys the finest competitive electric market in the world, and along with this success comes an obligation to research, identify and seek solutions for meeting everyone’s energy needs, especially those in need.  TEPRI can fill this void and become a world-leading resource for solving a basic need that touches everyone, and I look forward to assisting in that effort.”

Jason Pittman, President and Co-Founder of Go Smart Solar

Jason’s 14 years of clean energy and solar energy experience ranges from large utility scale systems and distributed residential and commercial systems to the development and execution of utility community solar programs.

“Energy poverty reaches all parts of our community,” says Jason. “I’ve spent the last six years working on localized programs to lower utility costs in San Antonio. I’m excited for the opportunity to work with TEPRI on energy poverty challenges across the State of Texas.

TEPRI provides thought leadership on energy poverty challenges and solutions across the US and State of Texas. I’m honored to be tasked with joining the organization and finding lasting energy solutions for low-income communities.”

Announcing 2019-2021 Strategic Plan

TEPRI is proud to share our 2019-2021 Strategic Plan. The plan outlines TEPRI’s goals through 2021 with the aim of furthering our mission to inspire lasting energy solutions for low-income communities.

We are excited to share these goals and specific objectives with you as we look forward to a period of growth and progress.

Click here to find the Strategic Plan.


Accelerating the Penetration of DERs in Affordable Housing

TEPRI is excited to announce a new project, launching later this spring, aimed at exploring opportunities for distributed energy resources (DERs) to reduce energy burdens and increase energy equity in affordable housing in Houston. This project is made possible with funding from the Energy Foundation. TEPRI will develop a scalable program through which we will determine community need, energy efficiency and solar potential, convene a key-stakeholder working group and develop recommendations.

Please contact us if you would like to be included in the stakeholder working group.


April 15-18: Energy Thought Summit (ETS) 2019

Energy Thought Summit (ETS) 2019 will be taking place from April 15-18 in Austin, Texas. ETS brings the world’s thought leaders together for two days to debate the state and future of energy.

We are excited to be invited to speak at the event on Monday, April 15th on the “Love Thy Neighbor” panel alongside Eric Dresselhuys from Smart Energy Water, Saunteel Jenkins from The Heat and Warmth Fund and Damali Rhett Harding from Amendment Nine Strategic Consulting.

The registration page for the event can be found here.

May 8-10: Texas Association of Community Action Agencies (TACAA) Annual Conference

The Texas Association of Community Action Agencies (TACAA) Annual Conference will be taking place from May 8-10 in Austin, Texas. The TACAA Annual conference offers workshops with training for case managers, program and administrative staff, executive directors and board members in additional to networking opportunities.

We are excited to be invited to lead a session at the conference on Thursday, May 9th entitled “Developing Energy Partnerships.”

The registration page for the conference can be found here.

June 3-5: NEUAC Conference

The National Energy & Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) Conference will be taking place from June 3-5 in Fort Worth, Texas.

This meeting will be the premier event for training and educational opportunities for utility assistance professionals in the nonprofit, government, tribal, and utilities sectors.

The registration page for the conference can be found here. 

Why Join TEPRI?

TEPRI conducts research focused on energy and fuel poverty and facilitates deeper understanding of the causes, impact, and solutions thereof. We seek collaborative relationships with energy and poverty stakeholders and other reputable organizations through membership to partner with TEPRI and advance our work to alleviate energy burdens.  Learn about our new Membership Opportunities.