Dear Friends of TEPRI,
It’s definitely summer here in Texas. As temperatures rise, I am reminded of our neighbors who are facing a significant financial burden in trying to stay cool this summer. For many, the cost is too high and the summer months are a time of particular discomfort. Thank you for the work you all are doing to support these vulnerable communities. I am inspired by our collective progress and grateful to have so many partners who are working tirelessly to make an impact in our state.
TEPRI has had several exciting developments over the last few months, and we hope you’ll check them out in the rest of the newsletter below.
We look forward to continued momentum for the rest of the year. As always, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to contact me anytime.
NEWS FROM TEPRI
TEPRI Featured in Green Energy Transition Resource
TEPRI’s work was recently featured on EnergyTradeoffs.com, a site that shares conversations with scholars and experts whose work addresses the tradeoffs associated with the green energy transition. Our conversation is entitled “Energy Poverty and the Green Transition,” and can be found on the site here.
TACAA Hosts Successful Annual Conference
From May 8-10, we attended the Texas Association of Community Action Agencies (TACAA) Annual Conference where we led a panel entitled “Developing Energy Partnerships.” We had a great discussion about opportunities that exist for collaboration with other stakeholders in order to stretch our resources for the greatest impact on our communities.
Our Communications Specialist, Alexa Nizam, wrote a blog post sharing her takeaways from the panel. Her post can be found on our website here. Thank you to Stella Rodriguez, TEPRI Board Member and TACAA Executive Director, for including us in the conference.
NEUAC Brings Low-Income Energy Stakeholders Together
Earlier this month, TEPRI attended the National Energy & Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) Conference in Fort Worth.
Jacquie Moss, TEPRI Research Fellow, was featured as a speaker in the “Understanding Energy Insecurity” session where she presented about how renewable energy can contribute to equitable, sustainable, and resilient energy for all.
Dana Harmon Appointed to Resource Management Commission
Our Executive Director, Dana Harmon, was recently appointed to serve on the Resource Management Commission (RMC) for the City of Austin. The RMC advises the city council in developing and reviewing city plans and programs in the area of alternative energy technologies, renewable energy sources, and on energy and water conservation.
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.
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.
Dana attended an e-Lab Accelerator last spring focused on overcoming challenges to low-income renter energy equity and shared about her experience during a webinar about the event earlier this month.
Team applications will be accepted until July 9.
Keeping the Lights On: One Volunteer’s Perspective
Last month, we shared a guest blog from Katherine Dombrowski about her experience as a volunteer providing energy assistance.
WHAT WE’RE READING
- Union of Concerned Scientists: Putting Communities First in Deploying Energy Storage
- Solar Power World: CleanSpark completes solar microgrid with 400-kWh iron-flow battery at Camp Pendleton
- Texas Monthly: Houston Has an Aggressive, Radical Plan to Sell Affordable Housing
- Rocky Mountain Institute: Texas’s X Factor – Meeting the State’s Growing Energy Needs with a Clean, Resilient Energy Supply
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.