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Energy Efficiency Best Practices Guide

Accelerating Energy Efficiency Program Deployment in Locally-Governed Electric Service Areas

SECO, in partnership with the Texas Public Power Association (TPPA) and its members, and Nexant Inc. the selected Contractor, have identified and catalogued Energy Efficiency (EE) Best Practices into a Guide for locally governed electric service providers. 

Our goal on this project was to review, evaluate and incorporate successful EE Best Practices into a Guide that would simplify the development or enhancement of program initiatives specific to residential and commercial customers in a variety of electric service areas.

Through the development and dissemination of the Best Practices Guide, we hope to incorporate cost saving measures through as many means possible to reach a goal of 1 percent savings, as enabled by funding provided by DOE under the award. Our partner, TPPA represents 72 cities that own and operate their own electric utility systems, several electric cooperatives (TPPA associate members), river authorities and small, joint action electric agencies in Texas. Municipally-owned utilities (MOUs) provide electric service to over 3 million Texans, or nearly 15% of the state’s retail electric customers. TPPA is well positioned to provide coordination among its members, and operates an Energy Efficiency Working Group which will serve in a critical advisory capacity to this project.

SECO and TPPA shall identify 15 to 20 MOUs that represent the varied characteristics and needs of their collective membership.  These MOUs serve a diverse service area, so there is no “one size fits all” application.  SECO and the TPPA Energy Efficiency Working Group shall assist the selected sub-recipient in identifying successful and quantifiable programs to determine the most cost effective strategies to on which to focus.

The project objectives is to identify energy efficiency best practices and disseminating them among locally owned electric providers allows decision makers to evaluate, select and implement the policies and programs that align best with local conditions and constraints. The innovative energy efficiency programs operated by many of these providers are not well understood throughout the entire community of providers. Establishing a structured approach to program dissemination and implementation provides a mechanism to encourage the identification, adoption and dissemination of best operating practices among the broader base of MOUs and ECs.

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