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Title: SECO Activities and Partnering Opportunities

SECO Activities and Partnering Opportunities
  • Dub Taylor, Director
  • State Energy Conservation Office (SECO)

  • SECO Overview
  • Energy-Air Quality
  • Building Energy Codes
  • ARRA-Stimluus Program Update
  • DOE-funded MOU EE Best Practices Project

Conservation vs. Efficiency
  • Conservation
  • A change in behavior based on the attitude
  • Do less to use less
  • Efficiency
  • The application of technologies and best
    practices to eliminate waste based on the
  • Do the same or more with less

Why Energy Efficiency?
  • Stewardship of natural resources operating
  • Enhance summer (winter) reserve margins and grid
  • Avoid operating high cost peaker plants or paying
    on-peak spot prices
  • Pay for capital projects and deferred maintenance
    via energy savings projects
  • Lead by example/market differentiation
  • Improved indoor comfort/temperature
  • Improved outdoor air quality

About SECO
  • Mission Statement to increase the efficient use
    of energy and water while protecting the
  • One of 56 state/territory energy offices
  • Focus is on public sector facilities - SECO works
    on the customers side of the meter
  • Energy and water efficiency project
  • Technical assistance
  • Education and training
  • U.S. Department of Energy state level program
  • State Energy Program (SEP)
  • Pantex/Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)
  • ARRA (stimulus funds)

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SECO Major Programs
  • State Energy Program
  • LoanSTAR Revolving Loan Program
  • State Agencies Program
  • Alternative Fuels Program
  • Housing (public) Partnership Program
  • Innovative Energy Demonstration Program
  • Local Government Energy Program
  • Transportation Energy Program
  • Pantex Program
  • Stimulus Program (ARRA Funding)

SECO Technical Assistance
  • Preliminary Energy/Water Assessments
  • Public school and local government facilities are
  • Baseline energy analysis utility bills
  • Identify system optimization and equipment
    replacement projects
  • Provide cost estimates equipment and
  • Provide low/no-cost OM recomendations
  • Estimate energy and cost savings
  • Payback analyses for each recommended project
  • Project implementation support
  • Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC)
  • LoanSTAR financing

LoanSTAR (Saving Taxes And Resources)
  • Low interest revolving loan program that finances
    energy and water efficiency projects for public
  • Loan terms 3 interest, 10 year simple payback
  • Loan fund capitalized with the States remaining
    Oil Overcharge funds (123 million)
  • Self-servicing debt borrowers repay loans
    through savings/avoided costs

LoanSTAR Impact
  • Executed 207 loans totaling 296,627,405
  • 49 loans to public higher education
  • 13 loans to public hospitals
  • 44 loans to local governments
  • 84 loans to public schools districts
  • 17 loan to state agencies
  • Average project/loan payback 6.5 years
  • Total Savings to Date (1990-2010)
  • Avoided Costs/Savings() - 316,386,310
  • Electric Savings (kWh) - 2,700,914,433
  • Natural Gas Savings (MMBTu) - 10,144,211
  • Chilled Water Savings (MMBTu) - 6,129,696

LoanSTAR Projects
  • City of San Antonio
  • LED traffic and pedestrian signals
  • 1.7M loan, 880K savings, 2 yr ROI
  • Three Rivers ISD
  • Lighting, motion sensor light controls, HVAC
  • 177K loan, 19K savings, 9.4 yr ROI
  • Arlington ISD
  • Lighting, EMS system, VFD controls, Chillers
  • 1.9M loan, 438K savings, 4.3 yr ROI
  • Los Fresnos ISD
  • Direct digital controls, power factor correction
    capacitors, motion sensors, VFD controls
  • 2.7M loan, 291K savings, 9.4 yr ROI

The Texas Energy Picture - power
  • Demand for electricity has increased 20 over
    last 10 years
  • Electricity generation fuel mix (2009)
  • Natural gas 51
  • Coal 34
  • Nuclear 10
  • Renewable 4
  • 85 via combustion w/air emissions

Energy Efficiency 2x Benefit
Texas Air Quality Challenges
Texas Health and Safety Code
  • (a)  The legislature finds that an effective
    building energy code is essential to
  • (1)  reducing the air pollutant emissions that
    are affecting the health of residents of this
  • (2)  moderating future peak electric power
  • (3)  assuring the reliability of the electrical
    grid and
  • (4)  controlling energy costs for residents and
    businesses in this state.
  • (b)  The legislature further finds that this
    state has a number of unique climate types, all
    of which require more energy for cooling than for
    heating, and that there are many cost-effective
    measures that can reduce peak energy use and
    reduce cooling and other energy costs in

Texas Building Energy Codes
  • 2001
  • 77th Texas Legislature passed SB 5
  • adopted a statewide energy code under Section 388
    of the Health and Safety Code titled Texas
    Building Energy Performance Standards
  • Energy requirements (Chapter 11) of 2000
    International Residential Code (IRC) with the
    2001 Supplement adopted as the minimum for
    single-family construction.
  • 2000 International Energy Conservation Code
    (IECC) with the 2001 Supplement, adopted as the
    minimum for other residential construction and
  • Cities have the ability to adopt local amendments
    to with review by the Energy Systems Laboratory
    (ESL) of the Texas AM University.

EE/RE Air Quality Benefits
Source Texas AM, Energy Systems Laboratory
eCalc 2006
Status of Residential Energy Codes
Status of Commercial Energy Codes
Building Energy Code Update
  • 2007
  • 80th Texas Legislature passed HB 3693/SB12
  • Delegated SECO the authority to adopt by rule the
    latest published editions of
  • Energy requirements (Chapter 11) International
    Residential Code (IRC) for single-family
  • International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for
    other residential construction and commercial.
  • Texas AM/Energy Systems Laboratory reviews to
    ensure stringency of latest editions of the IRC
    and IECC compared to current statewide energy
  • Provides SECO a written recommendation based on
  • Cities can continue to adopt local amendments
  • Review by the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) of
    the Texas AM University

Building Energy Code Update
  • 2009 - the ICC published new editions, triggering
    the review and update process
  • January IECC 2009 edition published
  • March IRC 2009 edition published
  • May initial comment period on IECC
  • all comments were provided to TAMU/ESL for a
    recommendation to SECO
  • July initial comment period in IRC
  • all comments were provided to TAMU/ESL for a
    recommendation to SECO.
  • September TAMU/ESL recommended SECO the adoption
    of Chapter 11 of the 2009 IRC and 2009 IECC

Building Energy Code Update
  • 2010
  • January stakeholder meeting held to gain input
    prior to draft rule publication.
  • March draft rules published for comment.
  • 1,057 sets of comments received
  • Elected officials, trade associations, builders,
    architects, environmental advocates
  • June final rule published

Building Energy Code Update
  • Final Rule 19.53.Building Energy Efficiency
    Performance Standards
  • (a) Single-family residential construction.
    Effective January 1, 2012, the energy efficiency
    provisions (Chapter 11) of the International
    Residential Code as they existed on May 1, 2009,
    are adopted as the energy code in this state for
    single-family residential construction as it is
    defined in Health and Safety Code, 388.002(12).
  • (b) All other residential, commercial, and
    industrial construction. Effective April 1, 2011,
    the International Energy Conservation Code as it
    existed on May 1, 2009, is adopted as the energy
    code for use in this state for all residential,
    commercial, and industrial construction that is
    not single-family residential construction under
    subsection (a) of this section.

Relationship Between IRC and IECC
  • IECC addresses only energy
  • IRC addresses all codes (structural, plumbing,
  • Allows builder to carry only one code book
  • Chapter 11 has energy
  • IECC addresses both residential and commercial
    IRC addresses detached one- and two-family
    dwellings and townhouses
  • IRC allows compliance with IECC as an alternative
    to Chapter 11
  • Energy requirements in IRC and IECC almost
  • IRC requires .35 Solar Heat Gain Coefficient
    (SHGC) in Climate Zones 1-3 IECC requires .30

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Notable Changes - 2009 IRC/IECC
  • Air sealing and insulation demonstrated
  • Testing option blower door
  • Visual inspection option approved independent
  • Duct tightness tested at rough-in or
  • Exception all ducts and air handler are in
    conditioned space
  • High-efficacy lamps in 50 percent of the
    permanent fixtures CFLs qualify
  • Vertical fenestration
  • SHGC reduced from .40 to .35(IRC) and .30(IECC)
    in Climate Zones 2 and 3
  • U-factor reduced from .75 to .65 in Climate Zone
    2, and from .65 to .50 in Climate Zone 3
  • Pool covers required for heated pools
  • Exception solar heated (IECC)

ICC Updates to 2012 Codes
  • Final action hearings - October 2010 Charlotte,
  • Adopted amendments sponsored by the US Department
    of Energy
  • 30 percent goal of energy savings in both
    residential and commercial buildings compared to
    the 2006 baseline
  • Increased standards in envelope efficiency
  • Increased duct performance requirements
  • Increased air exchange requirements (decreased
  • Added efficiency requirements for cooling towers
    and HVAC systems in commercial buildings
  • Replace the Energy Efficiency provisions (Chapter
    11) of the International Residential Code with
    the IECC
  • The ICC is expected to publish the new codes in
    April 2011

Outreach, Training Support
  • Enhanced Building Code Website
  • Streaming and downloadable training videos, in
    English and Spanish
  • Materials request center and calendar of training
  • "Best Practice" Guidelines and newsletter with
    workshop dates, highlighted codes, case studies,
  • Training
  • Individual workshops in each district/member
    area, to include
  • 24 regional councils of governments
  • 34 local home builder associations
  • 17 local chapters of the American Institute of
  • Technical Support
  • Code compliance tools for local officials
  • Building stock benchmarking
  • Evaluation of local code amendments

Diagnostic Tools
Blower Doors
Duct Blasters
Thermal Imaging
Thermal Imaging
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
  • SECO-administered funds.287,761,100
  • State Energy Program
  • 218,782,000
  • 2) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant
  • 45,638,100
  • 3) Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program
  • 23,341,000

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
  • 1) State Energy Program (SEP).218,782,000
  • Program areas approved by U.S. DOE
  • Building Efficiency and Retrofit Program
  • 158 million (loans)
  • Competitive selection
  • Transportation Efficiency Program
  • 17 million (grants)
  • Competitive selection
  • Distributed Renewable Energy Technology Program
  • 30 million (grants)
  • Competitive selection
  • Energy Sector Training Centers
  • 6 million
  • Public Education and Outreach
  • 5 million

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
  • 2) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant
  • Funding Allocation
  • SECO re-allocated all funds via population based
  • 1,014 cities under 35,000 population
  • 216 counties under 200,000 population
  • Eligible projects
  • Building energy audits and retrofits
  • Distributed energy technologies
  • Energy-efficient traffic signals and street
  • Renewable energy technologies on government

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
  • 3) Energy Star Appliance Rebate
  • Eligible appliances central A/C and heat pumps,
    room A/Cs, water heaters, dishwashers, clothes
    washers, freezers, refrigerators
  • April 2010 Program
  • Reserve and purchase
  • 28,809 rebates paid totaling
  • December 2010 Program
  • Purchase and mail-in
  • est. 60,000 rebates paid

  • DOEs initiative
  • Stimulating Energy Efficiency in States
  • Project under a cooperative agreement between US
    DOE and SECO 500,000 awarded from US DOE to
  • Assists states in generating the necessary policy
    and program frameworks to support investment in
    cost-effective energy efficiency for the long
  • DOE sought applications from states to achieve an
    annual minimum target electricity savings of 1
    through energy efficiency.
  • Builds on the National Action Plan for Energy
    Efficiency Vision 2025 a framework for our
    energy future

SECO Project Overview Team SECO, TPPA and a
Consultant and YOU! Project goals Design and
implement a practical and comprehensive Energy
Efficiency Program Best Practices Guide with, by,
and for MOUs in Texas who want to offer energy
efficiency program options to their
customers. Why this project? SECO proposed a
minimum of 1 savings of 500,000 kWh from the
states consumption will be saved by implementing
this program. SECO wants to work with MOUs
General Project Phases
Timeline for Project Activities
Target Date 2011 Activity/Deliverable
March/April Sign contract with selected subcontractor
March Introduce Program at TPPA annual meeting
April Design and develop a draft of the Energy Efficiency Best Practices Guide
June Stakeholder group meetings
July Identify and define the EMV Plan
August Final Best Practices Guide, Saving Energy and Money How to Get Started
Target Date 2012 Activity/Deliverable
July Complete Phase I Summary Report including the EE plan for the MOU/EC decision makers
August Additional stakeholder group meetings, discuss what comes next
August Complete the Best Practices and Long Term Cost Effective Energy Efficiency Plan
Target Date 2013 Activity/Deliverable
February Complete Phase II Implementation Plan
March Implementation Initiate and assist in EE Pilot programs to test effectiveness of Best Practices Guide, Saving Energy and Money How to Get Started
August Final Report to DOE on project accomplishments and energy savings
Get Involved
  • Calling all interested parties!
  • Looking for 8-10 participating MOUs
  • Contact Pam Groce SECO or TPPA

  • Dub Taylor, Director
  • State Energy Conservation Office