NEEC News Blog

Effective January 30th, 2017, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) will be moving to the Pacific Tower Building. Our new address will be:

1200 12th Ave S
Suite 110
Seattle, WA 98144

Our phone numbers will remain the same. We look forward to seeing you at our new location. Thanks for your continued interest in energy efficiency in the built environment.

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On the heels of an unsuccessful statewide initiative to create a revenue neutral carbon tax, recently re-elected Governor Jay Inslee has proposed a carbon tax as a revenue source to fund the state’s court-mandated support of K-12 public education. The ambitious Inslee plan would generate $4.4B in new revenue through a combination of the carbon tax, a...

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The new year brings more political news than just the specter of the President Donald J. Trump administration, as both Washington and Oregon will convene new legislatures in tandem with two newly re-elected Governors. While Washington and Oregon begin their new biennial cycles, things look much like they did in 2016. In Oregon, Democrats control both chambers and the Governor’s office while Washington maintains the lone Republican stronghold in the Senate. In Washington, Gov. Inslee...

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The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has squarely placed one of their big toes in the water regarding the region’s historical analytical approach to assessing conservation potential. The Council accepted responses until the middle of December from firms interested in helping them assess the following;

“The Council is requesting proposals to assess the level of effort required to adopt an end-use conservation model, describe the related advantages and disadvantages...

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NEEC was busy during 2016 and here are some highlights of what we accomplished.

  • Meter based savings (pay for performance) became a program reality. Our advocacy for this approach started in 2012, a bit of a lonely journey for us at the start. In 2016, the validity and merits of a meter based approach have been demonstrated through successful pilots by Seattle City Light and the Energy Trust of Oregon. The topic is now on almost every energy conference agenda...
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Energy Trust of Oregon’s draft 2017 budget and 2017-2018 action plan are available for review and comment. View the budget and action plan materials, as well as the budget schedule details, on the Energy Trust website. Upcoming steps in the budget review process include:

  • Wednesday, November 2—Presentation on the draft budget and action plan to the Energy Trust Board of Directors
  • Monday, November 4—Live webinar (register online); Executive Director...
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In February 2016, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council released the Seventh Power Plan. This plan identifies the energy efficiency savings potential in the Northwest and establishes a regional savings goal. BPA has committed to achieving a share of the goal established in the Power Plan and developed the EE Action Plan to define their strategy for doing so. The Action Plan forecasts how public power will achieve the savings goals through a variety of EE programs and other channels...

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The Northwest Power and Conservation Council this week named Ben Kujala Director of Power Planning. Kujala has been acting director since April. He replaces Tom Eckman, who retired in July.

Kujala joined the Council staff in 2013 as a Senior Analyst. He recently led the redevelopment of the Regional Portfolio Model for the Seventh Power Plan, which the Council completed in February. He also coordinated efforts to link multiple power system models into a cohesive analytical framework...

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 Seattle has adopted one of the country's most innovative add-on features to energy benchmarking and disclosure - a periodic building tune up policy (click here for more background on the policy). Over the summer, Seattle OSE has hosted a series of both technical working group and public forums to discuss potential features of the required tune up. While the first tranche of buildings covered by the...

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Following positive action by the Seattle City Council earlier this year, Seattle's Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) has held a series of input meetings over the summer with a wide array of stakeholders including building owners and managers, industry representatives, and policy advocates. A final Director's Rule should be published soon which details the specifics for both what and how building energy performance is made publicly available. It's anticipated that public...

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