Our mission is to promote policy perspectives and assertively communicate the critical energy issues needed to ensure a reliable and affordable energy supply, a robust economy and a bright future for Texas.

April 17, 2014 — Austin, TX

Policy:  Gender Diversity in the Texas Energy Industry

Over the past decade, technology, exploration and discovery have dramatically changed the landscape of the energy industry. Likewise, the faces around the boardroom tables, commission hearing rooms and c-suites are evolving as many more talented women executives assume leadership roles.  In the oil and gas industry, more and more women are getting hired for what were once considered male-dominated jobs. This year alone, 46% of O&G jobs, from the office to the oil rig, are being filled by women. Nonetheless, a recent study found… Continue reading

April 3, 2014 — Austin, TX

POLICY: Energy Efficiency with a Texas Twist.

The Texas Legislature passed HB 1937 in 2009 giving cities a new tool for helping certain property owners finance distributed generation or energy efficiency improvements. In 2013, Texas lawmakers passed SB 385 authorizing municipalities and counties to provide a loan to commercial and industrial property owners enabling them to improve their developed lots with energy or water-efficient retrofits. It further authorized participating local governments to impose fees on property owners to offset the costs of administering the program. The Property Assessed Clean Energy Act (PACE Act),… Continue reading

March 20, 2014 -  Austin, Texas

Policy: Thinking Outside the Thermostat

With summer just around the corner, Texas utilities are pulling out all the stops to develop creative ways to help consumers reduce their energy use and save money.  One way is by incentivizing demand response (DR), something the Brattle Group proposed more than two years ago in a June 2012 report.  In 2012, ERCOT began a residential DR pilot program in the Houston area, and last fall, it approved metrics to allow for the expansion of participation by eligible electric providers statewide.

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