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Local Governments Technical Assistance

The Local Governments Technical Assistance Program provides personalized on-site technical assistance to political subdivisions, including local governments and municipalities, particularly those affected by the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP).

SECO has procured energy engineering experts to provide personalized energy-related technical assistance to political jurisdictions in Texas. The technical assistance is intended to provide a broad spectrum of energy-engineering expertise to political jurisdictions, ranging from basic consultation to a free Preliminary Energy Assessment Service. Local Governments Technical Assistance is available at no cost to Texas political jurisdictions. Recipients of this free service include public entities such as local governments, municipalities, counties, utility and other special districts such as port authorities, airports, and transit authorities.

Certain entities may request energy-related Technical Assistance or a Preliminary Energy Assessment from SECO. Upon determination that the requested services are reasonable and within the scope of the work provided by the engineers, SECO will assign an engineer to contact your entity to determine the level of service necessary to provide assistance.

To request Energy Engineering Technical Assistance or Preliminary Energy Assessment, please complete and submit the PEA Service Agreement form (pdf).

Energy Systems Laboratory

The Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) is a division of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station, a member of the Texas A&M University System. The ESL develops and transfers energy efficiency technology for the public benefit to enable substantial energy savings while improving comfort and productivity. With the passage of Senate Bill 898, the ESL assumed responsibility for the following:

  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of state and political subdivision energy efficiency programs as they relate to SB 898;
  • Calculations, based on the evaluation and the forms submitted to SECO, of the amount of energy savings and estimated reduction in pollution achieved as a result of the implementation of programs;
  • Share the information with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, US Environmental Protection Agency, and with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas to aid in long-term forecasting in in estimating pollution reduction.
  • To report energy savings to the Texas Public Utility Commission for the purpose of assisting Texas to obtain emissions reduction credits in the State Implementation Plan (SIP) with the US EPA.
  • To assist communities in evaluating and quantifying code amendments to the International Residential Code which now define the minimum energy efficiency standards for the State of Texas.
  • To train builders, code inspectors and officials, manufacturers, homeowners and other interested groups on how to cost effectively implement the energy efficiency standards of the codes.

For more information concerning Senate Bill 898, contact Stephen Ross.

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