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TX-PACE: Texas Property Assessed Clean Energy

Property Assessed Clean Energy (TX-PACE) is a proven financial tool that incentivizes Texas’ property owners to upgrade facility infrastructure with little or no capital outlay. Approved by State legislation and established by local governments, TX-PACE programs enable owners to lower their operating costs and use the savings to pay for eligible water conservation, energy efficiency, resiliency, and distributed generation projects. Owners gain access to private, affordable, long-term (typically 10-20 years) financing that is not available through traditional funding avenues.

Presented by Charlene Heydinger, president of the Texas PACE Authority and the executive director of Keeping PACE in Texas, the trade association created in 2012 to promote (PACE) financing in Texas.

Guest Speaker

Charlene Heydinger, President – Texas PACE Authority

Charlene Heydinger is president of the Texas PACE Authority, the nonprofit administrator of more than 45 Texas PACE programs. To date, these programs have enabled over $105 million in new property investment in Texas. Ms. Heydinger also serves as the executive director of Keeping PACE in Texas, the trade association that led the legislative effort in support of the Texas PACE Act and the collaboration to create PACE in a Box, the Texas model program of TX-PACE best practices.

On Capitol Hill Charlene served as general counsel to House Republican Leader Bob Michel, minority general counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and minority counsel to the House Judiciary and Energy and Commerce Committees. As vice president and Washington counsel for Capital Cities ABC, Inc., Heydinger represented the company’s television and radio networks and owned stations, ESPN, and print interests. She served as executive director of the Morton and Angela Topfer Family Foundation in Austin, Texas, where she helped organize the startup foundation as it grew from $26 million to $62 million.

Heydinger is a member of the Texas, Washington, DC, Michigan, and US Supreme Court Bar Associations. She serves on the executive board of the Capitol Area Council, BSA and the board of SPEER.