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K-12 Energy Management Program Study

HARC is developing a research program to study the efficacy of energy management programs in Texas school districts. The energy expenditure for a Texas school district is typically the second largest single budget line item after salaries. Plenty of opportunities are available for school districts to reduce their energy consumption, thereby reducing costs and have additional funds available for education of students.

The project is led by Dr. Gavin Dillingham, Research Scientist in Clean Energy Policy. HARC is partnering with Arlington ISD, the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) and the Texas Energy Managers Association. An online survey was distributed to school districts to collect information on the status and scope of school district energy management programs. HARC is drafting a research report focusing on the behavioral component of energy management programs to explain the efficacy of different behavioral and programmatic approaches.

In 2014, the project team will conduct another round of surveys to capture additional energy program details and will conduct phone interviews with school districts. The hope is that this will become a yearly survey to study the evolution of K-12 energy management programs over time and to develop a better understanding of the long-term effectiveness of these programs.

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Project Announcements

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Gavin Dillingham and Satish Ravindran spearheaded a webinar on Combined Heat and Power related to air permitting and power export on February 15, 2015.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

HARC's Gavin Dillingham, Clean Energy Policy, served as a panelist at the CoreNet Global Meeting: Accelerating Investments in Energy Efficiency in Houston’s Building Market in Houston, Texas on November 18, 2014.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Gavin Dillingham participated as a panel member for the Clean Economy Rising: Texas winds generate economic growth webinar on November 17, 2014.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Satish Ravindran, Research Associate, Clean Energy Technology, presented at the Eco-Schools USA Workshop-Energy on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Marcile Hollingsworth Science Center in Houston, Texas.


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