During the month of March, 2020, energy consumption varied across our region. Using electric power consumption data from CenterPoint, researchers observed where electricity flowed; which ZIP codes used more, and which ZIP codes used less. The data provided allowed a comparison between March 2019 and March 2020.
HARC studies many aspects of sustainability and resilience in ecosystems, cities, energy systems, infrastructure, and more. Clean Energy has long been an essential part of this endeavor. Renewables such as wind, solar, and biofuels are only part of the picture. Energy efficiency represents enormous opportunity to lower emissions with significant economic benefits built in. While clean energy has always been important, ever-changing environmental and economic pressures make it an imperative for sustainability and resilience. This work often brings together stakeholders, experts, and others with something to share or learn.
Along with sound science, outreach is critical to transfer knowledge to those who can use it. HARC researchers use workshops and webinars as an easily accessible means of advancing program outreach goals and providing informative content or training on specific topics. Last year HARC Energy Programs facilitated ten webinars, reaching an audience of more than 1,022 individuals or multi-viewer sites, and two workshops with a total of 210 participants. Two current energy efficiency programs at HARC are offering opportunities for live learning and collaboration. The US Department of Energy (DOE) Southcentral and Upper-West Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAP) offer two upcoming live webinars at no cost to register. The Texas Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program will be discussed at a series of workshops HARC is hosting on behalf of the Greater East End Management District and World Business Council for Sustainable Development, focusing on energy efficiency for businesses.
Webinars are a simple and powerful way make information available to engineers, facility managers, contractors, and others interested in learning more about CHP and how it can be applied in various settings.
CHP for Wastewater Treatment Plants
Improving Power Resilience and Reducing Operating Costs through Energy Efficiency
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Noon to 1:00 PM CDT
CHP for the Modern Oilfield
On-Site Power Generation and Thermal Energy for Oilfield Operations
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Noon to 1:00 PM CDT
Webinars are an important and powerful way make information available to engineers, facility managers, contractors, and others interested in learning more about CHP and how it can be applied in various settings. Webinars are an important and powerful way make information available to engineers, facility managers, contractors, and others interested in learning more about CHP and how it can be applied in various sectors.
CHP for the Hospitality Industry
Recorded July 24, 2018
Learn more or register here.
WORKSHOP SERIES: ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR BUSINESS
Presented by HARC, Greater East End Management District and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Join us for a series of three lunch & learn workshops that will help small to mid-sized business owners and developers increase energy efficiency and save money. Register here.
August 29 - 11AM – 1PM
Workshop 1- Energy Efficiency 101
Join us for an interactive workshop where subject matter experts will discuss energy efficiency improvement opportunities, data and case studies. This session will explore best practices for retrofit and renovation investments that can save energy and money.
David MacLean, ASHRAE BCxP, LEED AP BD&C – McMac Commissioning
Steve Stelzer, AIA, LEED AP, TRUE Advisor – City of Houston
Giancarlo Mitterhofer – GW Holdings LLC
September 28 - 11AM – 1PM
Workshop 2- Energy Efficiency Tools and Resources
Are you looking for information to help get a project started? Attendees at this workshop will learn about resources for planning and implementing energy efficiency projects including funding strategies, technology options, energy management best practices, workforce training and development options and more!
Keith Reihl, PE, MBA, CEM, AVS, LEED® AP, GBE, CSDP – Reihl Engineering
Rachel Downey Haines – DXS Engineering
Greg Tinkler, CGD – Page
October 30 - 11AM – 1PM
Workshop 3- How to build the business case and get financing for energy efficiency projects
Are you involved in developing the business case for energy efficiency projects? This session will detail effective ways to finance energy efficiency upgrades using various measures including Houston PACE and will also highlight key incentives and other resource offerings from CenterPoint Energy.
Paul Knudson – PACE Houston-Building Efficiency
Natalie Goodman, LEED AP O&M, Associate AIA - Incentifind
TBD – CenterPoint
Registration is free and lunch will be provided. To learn more or to register visit:
Greater East End Management District
East Downtown Management District
Houston Hispanic Chamber
East End Chamber of Commerce
World Business Council for Sustainable Development