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SECO Reports

Utility Management and Conservation Efforts of State Agencies and Institutions of Higher Education (2014)

Senate Bill 700 (83R) requires SECO to submit a biennial report to the legislature on the status and effectiveness of utility management and conservation efforts. This is the first report.

Saving Energy And Money: How to Start, Expand, or Refine MOU Programs, A Guide To Best Practices for Energy Efficiency in Locally Governed Electric Services Areas in The State (2011)

This guide is to serve as a resource to support SECO’s commitment to reach 1 percent annual electricity savings statewide. The guide leverages the lessons learned from energy efficiency programs operating across the country in an effort to: identify energy efficiency best practices and disseminate them among locally owned electric providers so that decision makers can assess, select, and implement the policies and programs that align best with local conditions and constraints and engage MOUs as they expand or refine current energy efficiency programs, implement new energy efficiency programs based on proven best practices, and incorporate successful program initiatives and cost saving measures.

Case Study on Texas Data Centers and Energy Efficiency (2010)

On this project, Austin Energy’s (AE) focused on the identification of methods to reduce energy consumption and demand for data centers in Texas with the intent of enabling “Energy Efficiency” to move up on the priority list for Data Center operators, CIO’s, and other decision makers.

Austin Data Center Project Feasibility Study TACC-SECO Final Feasibility Report (2010)

The SECO‐ Texas Advaned Computing Center (TACC) project was designed to explore the feasibility of a shared datacenter facility for Texas that could provide substantial cost and green benefits to the individual participants as well to the state as a whole. The TACC team has taken a comprehensive approach to exploration of a shared datacenter, looking in equal parts at technology for both green and shared datacenters, as well as the partnership and trust building required for a shared datacenter plan.

Texas Geothermal Assessment for the I-35 Corridor East (2010)

This report conducted by the Southern Methodist University’s Geothermal Lab defines geothermal resources through improved understanding of subsurface temperatures. The focus of study was the area of Texas generally east of Interstate 35 because of the overlap between high heat flow levels, the location of major Texas population centers, and the availability of numerous oil and gas field data. Both new and existing temperature data from oil and gas wells were collected, collated, and analyzed.

The Energy Report (2008)

The Energy Report is a reference tool for anyone seeking to understand the current Texas energy environment. Texas remains at the forefront of the nation’s energy industry. The direction Texas takes in energy policy will help mark the path for the nation. Texas — and the rest of the world, for that matter — almost certainly will meet future energy demands using a wide variety of resources, and our state is well positioned to benefit from the increasing diversification of the nation’s energy portfolio.

Texas Renewable Energy Resource Assessment (2008)

This is a reference tool for anyone seeking to understand the current Texas renewable energy resource assessment environment. Texas remains at the forefront of the nation’s energy industry. The direction Texas takes in renewable energy will help mark the path for the nation. Texas is well positioned to benefit from the increasing diversification of the nation’s renewable energy portfolio.

The Home Energy Efficiency Report (2008)

This report provides a basic overview of the resources currently available to empower consumers with practi­cal information that can objectively rate home energy use and assess the potential for energy efficiency gains and reductions in home operating costs.

A Demonstration of Fluorescent Outdoor Lighting in Austin, Texas (2008)

Austin Energy contracted with the Lighting Research Center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, to study the perceptions and effects of fluorescent light sources when applied in place of High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lighting in street and parking lot applications. The goals of this study was: to determine if the substitution of fluorescent lighting for HPS lighting is appropriate; the best applications; and the economics of this type of project.

Cool Roof Technology Report (2007)

SECO was interested in providing practical and affordable ways of increasing the energy efficiency of portable classroom buildings in wide use by public school districts in the State of Texas. These buildings provide a fast, cost effective ways for districts to rapidly expand their capacity; however, due to their nature of construction, they are particularly susceptible to characteristics that waste energy, thus depriving schools of badly needed operations and maintenance dollars. The main objective of was to provide access to technologies that reduce the energy consumption of these structures. This evaluation report was performed by the Brooks Energy and Sustainability Laboratory of the Texas A&M University.

The Viability of Commissioning in New School Construction (2007)

SECO and the U.S. Department of Energy funded this study of the costs and benefits of commissioning of new school facilities. This study involves close investigation of two schools: one school recently constructed and commissioned, and a similar school that was also recently built without benefit of commissioning.

Geopowering Texas (2007)

In January 2007, SECO published a ground-breaking study, Geopowering Texas: Conversion of Deep Gas Wells and Fields into Geothermal Energy Wells, by Dr. Richard Erdlac at UTPB. This data provides advance knowledge of the best areas to go for heat energy acquisition. The three-year exploration and resource research project focused on West Texas, identifying and assessing potential sites for converting depleted deep gas wells and fields into geothermal energy wells to generate renewable electrical power.

Collection of Wind Speed and Direction Data (2006) (DOE Special Project)

West Texas A & M University's Alternative Energy Institute collected wind speed and direction data at 50 & 100 meters at two Texas locations: Texas High Plains, 20 miles east-southeast of Amarillo, and West Central Region, between Abilene & Sweetwater. The wind data will then correlate wind shear with long-term data analysis for future tall tower wind applications.

Wind Energy Storage (2005)

This project quantified the value of energy storage by analyzing a specific application of compressed air energy storage (CAES) to wind energy. The location in the study is the Panhandle area of Texas and Oklahoma and the eastern plains of New Mexico, a region with over 40 GW of potential wind development, but which is severely limited by the lack of transmission infrastructure and local load to support significant additions of wind generation capacity.

Bird Mortalities Risk Assessment (2005)

The Houston Advanced Research Center used radar and human observation to assess the risk of bird mortalities at potential wind turbine installations on the upper Texas coast. The project includes an estimation of the potential for bird mortality associated with the construction of wind turbines at the study site and the relationships among bird types, seasonal usage, daily activity patterns, and flight altitude. The Texas General Land Office has recently leased off shore sites and this study will be critical to gaining public trust for this type of wind development. The Bird Mortalities Risk Assessment study is the first due diligence study on the potential effects on the bird population along the Texas coast.

High Performance School Study (2005)

This project compares the collective efficacy of teachers as well as the energy use in several of the McKinney ISD high performance schools and similar traditionally- designed schools. The study also reviews the sustainable design recommendations as compared with the sustainable components included in the facility.

Opportunites for Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards in Texas (2005)

In 2005, the Texas legislature enacted HB 2129, which directed SECO to determine the feasibility and cost-benefit to consumers of setting appliance standards for appliances that are not currently regulated for energy efficiency in this state, if the office determines that the new standards would reduce the emission of air contaminants. The report was been prepared on behalf of the Texas SECO in response to this directive from the legislature.

Assessment of Fuel Savings Technologies for the State of Texas Vehicle Fleet (2004)

Pursuant to Government Code §447.011(k), as amended by Section 5.01, House Bill 7 (78th, 3rd Called Session) the Texas Legislature tasked SECO with providing a quarterly updated list of approved Fuel Savings Technologies. This assessment is fulfillment of that requirement. As discussed in the following report, no Fuel Savings Technology met the standards necessary for approval at this time.

Beyond the Pipe (2003)

This SECO-commissioned Guide for Communities Lacking Water and Sewage Services was prepared by the Energy Center and Center for Environmental Resource Management at the University of Texas at El Paso. Beyond the Pipes is written for people working with communities lacking a safe piped water supply or good sewage disposal. The guide won’t tell you what is best for your community, but will give you some of the tools you need to help make the right decision.

Study of Electric Transmission in Conjunction with Eneryg Storage Technology (2003)

SECO commissioned a study through the Lower Colorado River Authority to examine how a large-scale compressed air energy storage (CAES) plant could substitute for or complement transmission projects. A plant of this type could also be used to shape wind production, effectively dispatching this intermittent resource. The findings in the study are encouraging.

State Agencies Natural Resources End-Use Data Base (1990-1996)

This is an updated Energy Performance Report for Texas state facilities covering FY-1990 through FY-1996, which summarizes the information in the SANRED. This report reflects the final, verified data for these years. The report focuses on two major areas: the correction of previously reported data for FY-1990 through FY-1993, and the utility use and cost trends shown by the verified data for the period of FY-1990 through FY-1996.

Texas Renewable Energy Resource Assessment (1995)

In the mid-1990's, SECO performed a study to evaluate Texas's renewable energy resource base, including solar, wind, biomass, water and geothermal. One of the main efforts of this project was to estimate the size of each of Texas' renewable energy resources.

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