Newsletter – Celebrating Summer Milestones

Dear Friends of TEPRI,

As summer continues, I hope you are all able to find some time to relax, reflect, and spend precious moments with those you love.

We’ve made important progress here at TEPRI that we’re excited to share.  We announced earlier this month the launch of both the Energy Poverty Clearinghouse and the Low-Income Community Profile (LICP) Texas Overview Report. Both of these achievements represent major milestones for TEPRI, and I am excited and proud to be able to share these resources with our network.

We are so grateful to be in a place of momentum and growth as a team, and we are thrilled to continue to expand with the addition of a new board member and a Research Analyst.

A great big thank you to all of you who have contributed to TEPRI’s progress. We couldn’t have reached these achievements without your engagement and support, and we hope you will join us in celebrating these milestones.

Please check out these and other recent updates below, and as always, let me know if you’d like to connect!


Dana Harmon
Executive Director


TEPRI’s LICP Texas Overview Report is Available for Download

ICYMI, earlier this month we announced the release of our Low-Income Community Profile (LICP) Texas Overview Report! The Texas Overview Report is the first publication from our Texas LICP Series where we collaborated with the Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The series is designed to reveal insights at the intersection of energy and poverty to advance lasting energy solutions for low-income communities.The Texas Overview Report is a state-level summary of Texas low-income communities and their relationships to energy. Its aim is to establish context and to highlight opportunities for regional inquiry, as it will be followed by in-depth regional reports later this year. These reports will be available to TEPRI members-only.

Click here to download the Texas Overview Report.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – TEPRI will be holding a webinar on August 23, 2019 to discuss some of the findings of the Texas Overview Report. We will discuss the interplay between energy poverty and economic hardship, demographic traits, quality of life issues, energy behaviors, housing type, and household composition. Stay tuned for more information about joining the webinar in the coming weeks.

Check Out the Energy Poverty Clearinghouse Website

The Energy Poverty Clearinghouse, a research tool for topics surrounding energy and poverty, launched publicly on July 2. Developed in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin with the generous support of the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), the Energy Poverty Clearinghouse is a portal that now holds over 600 resources devoted to these topics.

If you have not already, please take a few minutes to check out the site:  You can opt-in to receive email notifications when new resources are added to a given topic area to stay up-to-date on the most relevant energy poverty resources.

Visit the Energy Poverty Clearinghouse ( here.

Welcoming New Board Member

We are honored to welcome Suzanne Russo to the TEPRI Board of Directors.

Suzanne Russo, CEO of Pecan Street Inc.

On joining the Board, Suzanne shares:

“As the climate threat worsens, it is critical to demonstrate that cleaner, zero-carbon electricity is an affordable and reliable reality in Texas. We’re honored to be part of a group that recognizes the impact that energy efficiency and cleaner electricity can have on narrowing the energy-poverty divide in Texas and look forward to sharing the results of our research that prove it.”


Our Team is Growing!

We are very excited to welcome Emery Wolf to our team as TEPRI’s new Research Analyst.

Emery is a Texas native with a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and a Master’s degree in Energy & Earth Resources from The University of Texas. Emery has experience working in Sustainability at UT Austin, as well as at The University of Maryland where he developed programs to reduce energy consumption in research labs, as well as working towards the Climate Action Plan goal of carbon neutrality. We are grateful to have him on board and look forward to sharing his contributions.


August 28-29: Solar Storage Fest

Solar Storage Fest will be taking place from August 28-29 in San Antonio, Texas. It will bring together experts to explore market growth opportunities, innovative financing, and how to position solar power and storage at the center of the energy transition.

TEPRI will be featured at the event, sharing about ensuring equitable access to low-income customers.

Register for the event here.

September 16-18: e-Lab Forge: Texas 2019

Rocky Mountain Institute will host a convening in Lakeway, Texas from September 16-18 of this year. The event will be a two-and-half-day workshop for multi-stakeholder teams working on high-impact, scalable ideas and projects that accelerate distributed clean energy in Texas.

Our own Dana Harmon is honored to serve as a faculty member for the event.

Learn more about the event here.



TEPRI’s Start to an Infinite Future

To celebrate the launch of the Energy Poverty Clearinghouse tool, TEPRI Founder and Board Director Becky Klein wrote a blog post to share the vision behind the tool.

Read the full blog here.

TEPRI Takeaways from “Utility Affordability Roundup” NEUAC Conference

In our latest blog, TEPRI Research Fellow Jacquie Moss shares her takeaways from the NEUAC Annual Conference, as well as her own presentation slides from the event.

Read the full blog here.


Our “What We’re Reading” section is moving! With the addition of our Energy Poverty Clearinghouse tool, we will be sending regular email updates with curated lists of the most relevant resources in the energy poverty space as they are added to the Clearinghouse.

Stay up to date with what our team is reading through those emails. If you would like to opt-in to receiving updates for specific topic areas of the Clearinghouse, you can make a free account at and select the topic areas that are most useful to you.

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.