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Incentives/Policies for Energy Efficiency

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Alternative Energy in New State Construction   

Last DSIRE Review: 11/06/2012
Program Overview:
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Unspecified Technologies
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: State Government
Requirement:Economic analysis of renewable energy and energy efficiency strategies in state building projects; strategies must be implemented if determined to be cost-effective.
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Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Texas Government Code ยง 2166.401 et seq.
05/05/1995 (subsequently amended)
09/01/2005 (as amended)

Texas requires state government departments to compare the cost of providing energy alternatives for new and reconstructed state government buildings and for certain construction or repair to energy systems and equipment. The governing body must determine economic feasibility of incorporating alternative energy for space heating and cooling, water heating, electricity, and/or interior lighting (i.e. the "function") by comparing the estimated cost of providing energy for the function using conventional design practices and energy systems with the estimated cost of providing energy for the function using energy efficient architecture and design or alternative energy devices during the economic life of the building. If the use of alternative energy devices for a particular function is economically feasible, then the use of alternative energy devices must be included in construction plans.

Alternative energy is defined to include solar, biomass, wind, and geothermal energy sources. This section of Texas law (Texas Government Code § 2166.403) was originally put in place in 1995. It was amended in 2005 (S.B. 982) to add geothermal to the list of eligible resources and designate the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) as the authority for approving any methodology or electronic software used to make the required comparisons. SECO accepts one software program (RETScreen) for this purpose. Further details are available on the program website.

  Eddy Trevino
Comptroller of Public Accounts
State Energy Conservation Office (SECO)
111 E. 17th Street
LBJ State Office Building, Room #1118
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 463-1876
Phone 2: (512) 463-1931
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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