TexasIsHot – Energy Efficiency

Smart Grid Projects Expected to Save Consumers $20 Billion!

Five Texas projects will receive $258 million in federal stimulus funds for “smart grid” electric projects, including smart meters, advanced transformers, load management devices and advanced thermostats. Nationally, these technologies are expected to save consumers more than $20 billion over the next decade on their utility bills.

Technology plays a critical role in the ability of consumers to take control over their electricity usage and costs, and to spur development of renewable energy sources. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded 100 grants, totaling $3.4 billion, for electric grid upgrade projects, including several in Texas:

  • CenterPoint (Houston), $200 million: Finish installation of 2.2 million smart meters, install 550 sensors and automated switches to distribution system.
  • Reliant Energy (Houston), $19.9 million: Install smart meter-related products to help customers track and manage power usage.
  • Golden Spread Electric Co-op (Amarillo), $19.9 million: Install 70,000 smart meters, grid equipment and enhanced cyber security system.
  • Denton County Electric Co-op, $17.2 million: Install 140,000 smart meters.
  • El Paso Electric, $1 million: Install electric distribution automation equipment and control system.

In addition to these projects, North Texas provider Oncor plans to install advanced meters at every home and business in its territory. Learn more about advanced meters in Texas.

New Report: Texas Ranks 23rd in Energy Efficiency
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) report finds that in the race for clean energy resources, states are increasing investments in efficiency programs and improving efficiency in their own facilities and fleets.

While this middle of the pack ranking seems unimpressive, Texas is certainly moving in the right direction in terms of energy efficiency, clean energy and renewable resources. In fact, a recent New York Times article profiled Texas along with #1 ranked California as clean energy leaders. Highlights from the article:

  • Texas has thrown itself into solar power and now leads the nation by a huge margin; it has also aggressively pursued energy efficiency.
  • Texas has merged as the nation’s top producer of a commodity prized by environmentalists: wind power.
  • The world’s largest wind farm began operations in Texas this month, and the state now has close to three times as much wind capacity as Iowa, the second-ranked state.
  • Texas set a strong renewable energy requirement back in 1999 — and quickly exceeded it.
  • Article conclusion: As the U.S. considers the best ways to accelerate the use of renewable technologies – lawmakers might do well to look at these states.

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Newsweek 2009 – “Green Rankings”
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  • "“As the Texas population continues to grow, so will our energy consumption needs. We must have tools that empower the consumer to choose their products and monitor their usage wisely. TexasIsHot.org is a great resource, which is exactly what Texans need in today’s deregulated market.”" - State Rep. Burt Solomons (R-Carrollton), Chairman of House State Affairs Committee
  • "In order to meet our goals, we need programs like the TexasIsHot campaign to help change the way people think about energy." - State Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay), Chairman of Senate Natural Resources Committee
  • "Texas leads the nation in wind power because it makes money, not because it makes us feel better. Texans are a practical, penny-wise people who I think will be happy to learn how to save a few bucks on their power bills with the common-sense advice at TexasIsHot.org."-Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office
  • "If every Texas household adopted just a few of the dozens of energy efficiency strategies referenced on TexasIsHot.org, our air would be cleaner, our limited supply of natural resources would be better protected, and our wallets would be heavier..." Kip Averitt (R-Waco), Former State Senator and Chairman of Senate Committee on Natural Resources
  • ”The TexasIsHot campaign targets an important piece of the clean energy effort -- educating Texans on the way we use electricity and quantifying the financial and environmental costs associated with our use. By just reducing the amount of electricity we use and waste, TexasIsHot.org can show people how to save money..." State Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin)
  • "Fluctuating energy costs are really hurting Texas families and businesses, but by just making a few easy changes, Texans can cut down on energy waste. TexasIsHot.org is a tremendous resource which arms consumers with the information they need to save themselves money by becoming more energy efficient, and help our environment." State Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston)
  • "Texas is the third fastest growing state in the nation with a net growth of 1,000 people each and every day. This brings many challenges including providing clean and affordable electricity. That is why I'm excited about TexasIsHot.org. This website is an instructional resource that will help Texans save on their energy bills at home and in the workplace..." State Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford)
  • "Now, more than ever, Texans need to work together to conserve energy and to make more efficient use of the energy we consume. The TexasIsHot.org website is an extraordinary resource for people who want to save money and help conserve our precious natural resources..." State Rep. Rafael Anchía (D-Dallas)
  • "By partnering with the TexasIsHot Coalition we can extend our effort’s reach, leverage our resources, and ensure that Austin’s energy grid continues to be a test-bed for technologies, products, and services that will transform our state’s energy system." Brewster McCracken, Executive Director, Pecan Street Project
  • "The City of Houston is working harder than ever to make Houston green and energy efficient, but we need the help of every citizen. I would encourage everyone to take a moment to explore the TexasIsHot website to learn what we can all do to make Houston, and the rest of Texas, the green and energy efficient example for the rest of the nation." Mayor Annise Parker, Houston
  • "Energy efficiency is one of our top priorities. Partnering with the TexasIsHot Coalition will help us educate citizens and local businesses about energy-efficient practices in order to meet our goal of reducing residential and commercial electric use." Gavin Dillingham, Chief of Sustainable Growth – General Services Department, for the City of Houston
  • "We are excited about the new partnership that the City of Corpus Christi has entered into with the TexasIsHot Coalition. TexasIsHot.org provides a platform to educate policy makers, city employees and citizens on how to save money and help the environment by conserving energy..." Mayor Joe Adame, Corpus Christi
  • "I am excited that the City of Corpus Christi has joined the TexasIsHot Coalition and look forward to working with them to help Texans become smarter energy users. Energy efficiency is by far the best way for people to reduce their bills and help the environment, but we need education and outreach to make this happen." State Rep. Solomon Ortiz, Jr (D-Corpus Christi)
  • "Because of its fast growth and hot summers, Texas has to get smarter about energy conservation. I applaud the efforts of Corpus Christi and TexasIsHot to help businesses and residents reap the benefits of increased efficiency." Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen)
  • "Energy efficiency is the cleanest, quickest and cheapest way to get smart about energy use, saving both money and the environment. I applaud the TexasIsHot Coalition in their effort to educate Texans about the benefits of energy efficiency..." Luke Metzger, Director, Environment Texas
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