Room for Improvement – Texas is well positioned to lead the charge – with innovative programs and products coming to the market.
New report ranks Texas in the middle of the pack in terms of state energy efficiency leadership. Moving forward, Texas is well positioned to lead the charge – with innovative programs and products coming to the market.
Earlier this month, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released a comprehensive state energy efficiency policy Scorecard to “document best practices, recognize leadership among the states, and provide a roadmap for other states to follow.” Scorecard points of note:
- State budgets for energy efficiency in 2009 are almost double the level of spending in 2007, increasing from $2.5 billion to $4.3 billion.
- Electricity savings from energy efficiency programs across all states increased 8% between 2007 and 2008 (the most recent available data).
Texas is Well Positioned Moving Forward…
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin
While Texas’ ranking needs improvement – because of our state’s size and energy presence – Texas is well positioned to continue be a leader in energy efficiency and energy innovation moving forward. And a recent report showed that education campaigns (such as TexasIsHot) to promote behavioral changes like lowering the thermostat in winter – could save more than 120 million metric tons of carbon emissions a year. That’s 7.4% of total U.S. emissions—and more than the total emissions of France.
Just a few recent examples of Texas’ energy efficiency leadership:
- Four Texas cities ranked among 50 major metropolitan markets for plug-in electric vehicle readiness - including Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio – with Austin and Houston ranking among the top of the list.
- Four Texas cities (out of 22 across the country) were named “2010 Smarter Cities” for their investment in green power, energy efficiency measures and conservation by the Natural Resources Defense Council’s online resource center — Austin, Dallas, El Paso and Denton.
- Oncor will replace more than 3 million existing meters in its service area with new smart meters by 2012. The company currently installs 3,500 new meters each day. The Dallas area has already seen a reported 10 percent reduction in overall energy consumption since the installation began in 2008.
- CenterPoint Energy and Ford Motor Company recently announced a collaboration to help prepare the Houston area for the operation of electric vehicles - long term, CenterPoint hopes to leverage and showcase the company’s smart meter and intelligent grid deployment coupled with Ford’s smart charging solutions.
- Austin Energy recently unveiled a new green home incentive plan called “Best Offer Ever”which will pay an estimated 42 percent of the cost to make whole-house energy efficiency improvements, up from the regular 20 percent rebate.
October Is Energy Awareness Month — Here Are 5 Things to Be Aware of:
- The Federal Tax Credit for residential energy efficient products or renewable energy systems is available through Dec. 31, 2010.
- A home energy assessment, also known as a home energy audit, is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient.
- By the end of the year there will be at least three-four electric vehicles arriving in dealer showrooms. These cars are driven by batteries, and instead of going to the pump you plug them into the wall!
- Even though Texas is typically hot…now is the time to winterize your home! Some key tips:
A. Clean your heating filters
B. Check and maintain home insulation
C. Turn down the thermostat by five degrees to lower utility bills
D. Find and seal your air leaks
E. Have your heating system serviced
- Encourage five friends to subscribe to TexasIsHot!