Newsletter – The opportunity is so much greater

Dear Friends of TEPRI,

When I joined TEPRI three years ago, I thought the greatest opportunities to help our low-income neighbors through energy would be energy efficiency and bill payment assistance. But this network has exposed that the opportunity is so much greater – we have a whole host of tools at our fingertips and we’re all getting better and smarter about using them.

At ETS19 earlier this month, I was honored to join a panel called “Love Thy Neighbor,” and my esteemed panelists and I had a thought provoking discussion. We talked about energy efficiency and assistance, but also covered opportunities for distributed energy resources, how to leverage big data analytics to stretch our dollars, and opportunities for workforce development. Our members are deploying these tools in creative ways, and we are working to support those efforts with intelligence and insight so that they may bring the best services to their communities in need.

Together, we are making good progress and as always, we appreciate your continued support.


Dana Harmon
Executive Director


Go Smart Solar

TEPRI is delighted to announce Go Smart Solar as a supporting member! Go Smart Solar exists to drive the rapid adoption of solar. They help consumers make informed decisions about solar energy solutions, mitigating the potential for knowledge and price to hold people back.

Go Smart Solar and TEPRI are collaborating on an innovative community solar program focused on LMI households. With proper program design, community solar will lower energy burdens and provide a positive long-term equity impact plus wealth creation.

Jason Pittman, Co-Founder and President of Go Smart Solar and TEPRI Board Member, looks forward to this continued partnership. He says, “Because we also believe positive social contributions are as important as financial returns, we take an active role in giving back to the community. Our TEPRI membership does just that – provides collaboration opportunities with experts and actively engages us with achieving our goal of using innovative solar programs to lower energy burdens.”

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Dana Harmon Selected for Marshall Memorial Fellowship

TEPRI is excited to congratulate our Executive Director, Dana Harmon, for receiving the Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) from The German Marshall Fund of the United States.The MMF is a leadership development program that prepares a new generation of leaders for transatlantic relations across all industries. Dana is one of 75 recipients this year and will join a community of 2500 members who have demonstrated a devotion to leadership and inciting change in their areas.

Margo Weisz, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for TEPRI, is a past recipient of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship. She says of Dana’s selection:

“As an alumnus of the German Marshall Memorial Fellows program, the fellowship was formative for my life and career, and I am confident that the program will also be enriching for Dana. Throughout Dana’s tenure as Executive Director of TEPRI, I have witnessed her commitment to leadership and her uniquely collaborative style. Each year I seek to nominate promising leaders, like Dana, who are solving some of nation’s biggest problems to learn from our European counterparts at the EU and throughout the different countries.

Energy may be the most dynamic industry of our age, and I am confident Dana will find the MMF to be an intellectually exhilarating environment to explore holistic approaches to new energy solutions, and to alleviating energy barriers for the underserved. Dana is a first-rate leader and will represent us well as an ambassador to Europe to discuss the pressing issues around energy that we face around the globe.”

Dana is looking forward to beginning this special experience. She shares:

“I am honored and humbled to join such a distinguished network of leaders from the US and Europe. This program provides a unique opportunity for growth and idea exchange among all sectors, including business, government, and civil society. I’m excited to learn and contribute to a robust dialogue around some of our society‘s most pressing issues through the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, and I look forward to leveraging this opportunity to continue to advance TEPRI’s impact on energy poverty in Texas.”

Energy Thought Summit (ETS) 2019 Recap

We were thrilled to see equity included as a key theme of ETS19! The conference took place from April 15-18 in Austin and offered opportunities to hear from thought leaders in the energy industry about the future of safe and reliable electricity.

Our Executive Director Dana Harmon attended the conference and participated in a panel called “Love Thy Neighbor,” where she shed light on energy burdens in Texas. Thank you to ZPryme for the opportunity to spread awareness of issues around energy and poverty among an audience of thought-leaders and key decision makers.


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.”

Register for the conference here.

May 15: Power Trip Book Tour with Michael Webber

Michael Webber’s new book, Power Trip: The Story of Energy, will be published on May 7. He will be promoting the book during a two-week book tour and will be in Austin at the Paramount Theater on May 15.

The program includes a reception, live music, a book presentation, and panel discussion. Ticketholders also receive a complimentary copy of the book.

Tickets can be purchased 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.

Jacquie Moss, TEPRI Research Fellow, will be speaking at NEUAC on Low-Income Community Solar as part of the “Understanding Energy Insecurity” panel. The panel is scheduled for Monday, June 3 at 9:30am.

Learn more and register to join us here. 


TEPRI Research Analyst

TEPRI is seeking a Research Analyst to join our team.  As a central part of the organization, the Research Analyst’s responsibilities span literature research, statistical analysis, ethnographic studies, and technical writing. The ideal candidate has a breadth of research skills with particular expertise in quantitative reasoning.

View the full job description here.

MiCASiTA Program Coordinator at the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville

MiCASiTA is the new brand for the Colonia Reconstruction Program at CDCB. They are seeking a mission-driven, outgoing and creative Program Coordinator to develop and execute a strategy for the MiCASiTA Program.

This person needs to be able to move across cultural, economic and educational boundaries. This person also needs to speak truth to power yet be politically and financially astute enough to find the best solution for colonia residents and their affordable housing needs.

View the full job description 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.