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Texas Public Utilities Commission Report on Energy Efficiency in TX

Posted by youngsierrans on January 13, 2009


Last month, the Texas Public Utilities Commission (PUC) released the awaited independent study on the “Assessment of the Feasible and Achievable Levels of Electricity Savings from Investor Owned Utilities in Texas: 2009-2018,” A.K.A. Energy Efficiency Potential in TX.  This assessment was conducted for the PUC by Itron, a California firm that does energy consulting and builds utility meters, and found that “there is a significant amount of untapped technical and economic potential to reduce electricity use” by Texas utilities.  The report was requested as part of the ground-breaking energy efficiency legislation, H.B. 3693, approved last session which contained all sorts of energy policy goodies.

The Itron report (269 pages) is a ringing endorsement that energy efficiency is JUST AS IMPORTANT as building new sources of energy.  It’s not posted to the PUC site yet, but the PDF file can be found here, on the Environment Texas website.  There’s a 20-page Executive Summary included.


* The proposed savings goals for 2010 (30% of load growth) and 2015 (50% of load growth) are reasonable and attainable for the majority of utility service areas.

* Texas has the potential to reduce peak demand statewide by 23% and save customers up to $12 billion on electric bills by investing in efficiency measures.

* Under all cost incentive scenarios studied, the aggregate benefits exceed costs by at least 2 to 1.

* A concerted effort to raise general awareness and provide more specific targeted marketing will increase the level of energy and dollar savings in Texas.


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Forum on Electric Utility Regulation (1/7/09)

Posted by youngsierrans on January 4, 2009

The League of Women Voters of Dallas Education Fund will present a forum on electric utility regulation this Wednesday.

Date: Wednesday – January 7th, 2009
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Temple Emanu-El – 8500 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas, 75225 (map)
Cost: Free
Invited Panelists:
– Rep. Will Hartnett
– Kelly Rod with TXU’s Lite-Up Texas program
– A commissioner from the Public Utility Commission.
* Moderator: State Rep. Terri Hodge

More Info: Call 214-688-4125 or e-mail

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TX Sierra Club Energy Committee Conf Call (12/8/08)

Posted by youngsierrans on December 5, 2008

Power LinesAre you interested in promoting clean energy solutions in the 2009 TX legislative session?  If so, please join the one-hour Brown Bag Lunch Conference Call scheduled for Monday, 12/8.

Members of the Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter Energy Committee are working with leaders in local Sierra Club groups to mobilize our members as activists in support of the chapter’s energy-related legislative agenda. Our charge is to educate and organize: to make sure that members at the local level know what our energy agenda is and to organize them in ways that will support the efforts of Chapter staff to pass that agenda.

Date: Monday – December 8, 2008
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM CST
What: Chapter Conservation Director Cyrus Reed will review the 12-point plan that he spoke about at the 2008 Legislative Workshop (link).

Call-in Info: Number: 866-501-6174 – Conf Code: 1001900#

Questions: Contact Ann Drumm (214-350-6108 or

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Cool Texas: A 12-Step Plan for Meeting Texas Energy Needs

Posted by youngsierrans on December 5, 2008

Big BendIn April of 2008 the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club unveiled a preliminary “12-Step Plan” for a “Cool Texas” with the goal of meeting the electric power generation needs of the state while reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The 12-Step Plan was authored primarily by Chapter Conservation Director Cyrus Reed, with input from the Chapter Energy Committee and other Chapter staff and volunteer leaders. The Plan is a joint production of the Chapter and the Texas Center for Policy Studies, of which Reed was formerly the Executive Director.

The PDF of the complete plan can be found on the Lone Star Chapter Website:

The PDF of the two-page summarization of the plan can be found the Lone Star Chapter Website:

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