The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) in collaboration with Texas Energy Engineering Services, Inc. (TEESI) is hosting a webinar for local governments interested in learning how to accurately read their municipal utility bills. This webinar will walk through a typical monthly electricity, natural gas, and water bill and provide a brief overview of the state mandated Local Government Energy Report due to the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) each year. Additionally, attendees will learn how to take their monthly utility data and input it into ENERGYSTAR Portfolio Manager as an effective energy benchmarking tool.
Leveraging COG Programs and Funding to Support Energy Management for Your Members
Created by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) just for other Council of Governments (COGs) - this webinar showcases how to leverage existing COG programs that already have complementary energy management related elements to help drive energy efficiency and management initiatives for members in your region. NCTCOG shares with other COGs their experience on working with energy management programs and provides recommendations on programs that can help facilitate leveraging funds that are already available to you. Example program areas include: solid waste, emergency preparedness, air quality, transportation, and weatherization programs.
Webinar was produced in partnership with the Texas Association of Regional Councils e-Learning Series.
Facility Retrofits to Reduce Overall Energy and Water Consumption
Facility retrofits are a beneficial way to improve energy and water efficiency and reduce overall consumption and save money. This workshop will explore ways local governments can implement facility retrofits to reduce overall consumption within their own facilities. Financing and technical resources will be highlighted that can be accessed by local government entities in North Central Texas. The process to receive free technical assistance and preliminary energy assessments (PEA) from the Texas State Energy Conservation Office will also be covered.
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Emergency Preparedness and the Energy Supply
Disruptions in power occur for a variety of reasons in North Central Texas. Natural and man-made hazards can lead to disruptions in electric services to local government facilities, residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. This workshop will explore ways local governments can better prepare for future disruptions by reducing their electric demand. By reducing demand on the grid through improvements in energy efficiency and implementation of technologies such as distribution generation and microgrids, local governments can improve their resilience to grid outages. Integrating energy efficiency into resilience planning will also be explored and resources for local governments to evaluate energy efficiency as a tool for resiliency will be provided. Additionally, integrating alternative fuel vehicle technology and infrastructure in emergency preparedness applications will also be discussed.
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Lowering Local Government Energy Consumption Through Energy Planning and Policies
Good management of government-owned facilities is critical to reducing local governments' energy and water expenses, as well as air quality impacts associated with power generation. The foundation of good management is good planning. Establishing operational and maintenance protocols and policies are important components of any energy management plan. Having well defined goals and policies can be important to ensuring that energy consumption is minimized to the maximum extent possible. This workshop will provide information for local governments on the following topics:
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- Establishing energy plans and policies
- Internal policy and program changes to avoid energy waste through behavior and Operation & Maintenance changes
- Statutory reporting requirements for cities, counties, state agencies, and institutes of higher education
- Resources provided by the State Energy Conservation Office
Energy Management for Local Governments: Legislative Requirements, Benchmarking, and Tools to Measure Energy and Water Use
Public entities in North Central Texas spend large portions of their budgets on power for city facilities and services. The power generation needs associated with this energy use also impacts air quality at a regional level. Good management of these assets is critical to finding opportunities to reduce energy and water expenses, as well as associated air quality impacts. In addition to it making good financial sense, many local governments are required by state statute to report energy consumption to the Texas State Energy Conservation Office annually. Benchmarking and energy reporting tools can streamline efforts for filing this report. This workshop will provide information for local governments on the following topics:
- Senate Bill 898 reporting requirements for cities, counties, state agencies, and institutes of higher education
- Benchmarking and the value of understanding your facilities' energy and water use
- Energy Star Building Portfolio Manager
- Free energy audits and other resources offered by the Texas State Energy Conservation Office
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The intent of this workshop was to provide NCTCOG members: 1) an overview of Utility Rate Analysis and determining what types of utility rate structures/procurement strategies make the most sense for your organization; 2) information about energy management resources available from the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO); and, 3) planning and procurement of renewable energy through long-term renewable energy purchasing agreements that are now available for local governments.
SECO Resource Overview and Renewable Energy Planning and Procurement Workshop