University of Houston: Improve Your Bottom Line and Resiliency, and Meet ESG Goals, With New Federal Resources

The trillion-dollar Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) passed by Congress in Nov. 2021 may provide energy companies new funds to meet their ESG goals in the coming years.

UH Energy and the Texas Industrial Energy Efficiency Network (TIEEN) – a Texas-based network of publicly supported industrial energy-efficiency organizations – will dig deep into the specifics of new ESG-related funding opportunities in the bipartisan infrastructure bill during a virtual event on Wednesday April 13, at 2 p.m. (CT).

The program begins with Gavin Dillingham, program director for Clean Energy at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), who will discuss government funding, and how to make the process smoother.

Eddy Trevino, director of the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), will then provide an overview of how to look for opportunities in the guidebook of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. He will be followed by Sophia Cunningham, director of public policy at the Greater Houston Partnership, who will share a regional perspective on IIJA funding that will look at funding expectations and timing-related issues.

The program wraps up with a unique perspective on government funding from two people who have harnessed this powerful asset to drive progress within industry: Rob Klenner, senior business engagement and strategy lead at the Baker Hughes Energy Innovation Center; and Carrie Murtland, co-founder at ICE Thermal Harvesting, a company that provides zero-emission, distributed power by helping clients harvest waste heat from their industrial operations for conversion to power. They’ll share their experiences with government grants – the challenges, pitfalls and benefits.

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