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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

HARC supplied information on the Department of Energy Combined Heat and Power program at the Texas Industrial Energy Forum on May 1, 2014 in Houston, Texas.

Meeting Announcements

HARC is pleased to announce the George P. Mitchell Energy Program Webinar Series. The series will kick-off on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 1:30PM and will cover HARC’s latest research on K-12 energy management programs in Texas.

Project Announcements

In partnership with the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), HARC is launching the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program Texas Industrial Energy Efficiency and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) grant.

Press Releases

HARC is pleased to announced the 2014 George P. Mitchell Energy Program Webinar Series. The series will kick-off on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 1:30PM and will cover HARC’s latest research on K-12 energy management programs in Texas. Future programs will include presentations for the oil and gas, energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. Planned energy efficiency webinars will include best practices in energy management for B and C commercial office space, energy efficiency financing opportunities and energy related highlights for the 2015 legislative session.

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