NEEC News Blog

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has released a public comment draft of the 7th Power Plan. This plan is designed to meet the Northwest region’s power needs for the next 5 years to help ensure a “reliable and economic power system.” The following description of the Plan and the public comment period comes directly from the Power Council. A list of dates and locations for public testimony is included as well.

Increased energy efficiency and demand...

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NEEC 20 Year Anniversary

NEEC is celebrating its 20 year anniversary with an exciting event showcasing the accomplishments of the energy efficiency industry and its power and potential as a driver of economic productivity. A panel of end use customers will describe their views on how energy services factor into their businesses now and in the future. A second panel will discuss Portland’s new energy benchmarking requirements.

A complimentary lunch will feature a keynote address by Mayor Charlie...

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The deadline for 2015 ENERGY STAR Certifications is November 16, 2015.

Applications must be received by EPA by 11:00 pm EST Friday, November 16, 2015. EPA cannot guarantee 2015 ENERGY STAR Certification for any application that is incomplete or has an error that requires action on the part of the applicant. Only applications that are received by November 16, 2015 and approved by December 31, 2015 will be awarded the 2015 ENERGY STAR.

Applications received after November 16,...

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 The 2013 energy performance data for covered buildings in the City of Seattle's energy benchmark and disclosure ordinance is now available. This is the second annual report produced by the City and provides an even more robust analysis of energy performance than the previous report. Click here to get a copy of the report.

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The California Legislature has passed an aggressive new bill thad calls for doubling the amount of energy efficiency captured in that state (doubling current efforts). While this news will capture the headline, some of the more significant changes are in the details of the bill and discussed in a blog post at efficiency.org. A cut and paste of this excellent summary follows. (Please excuse the length but the details here are critically important.)

From efficiency.org:

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BACKGROUND

PG&E has been delivering cost-effective Retro-commissioning (RCx) programs to larger commercial customers to help improve and optimize energy use.

OPPORTUNITY

PG&E historically struggled to engage schools and municipal buildings into its Retro-commissioning program. They recognized analytics could provide a cost-effective solution to expand their Retro-commissioning service offering into the broader commercial customer...

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Join NEEC for an evening celebration as we open our new Smart Buildings Center in the newly renovated Pacific Tower building! Our new space is designed to spur collaboration and innovation throughout the energy efficiency sector — showcasing the opportunities for facility operational excellence when smart meets efficient. Check out our new high functioning ...

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Focused on a wide range of national energy opportunities and challenges, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 features five titles reflecting common ground on energy efficiency, infrastructure, supply,accountability, and land conservation.

The Energy Policy Modernization Act builds on recent technological breakthroughs and promises to bring substantial benefits to American families and businesses while protecting the environment. Its provisions will save energy, expand domestic...

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The Northwest region’s 7th Power Plan will provide guidance for the region’s electric utilities regarding electric resources, adequacy, and reliability over the next five years (based on a 20 year forecast for the region). The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has a number of advisory committees providing input into the planning process, including the RSAC. RSAC members include many of the senior executives of the region’s utilities as well as other stakeholders,...

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20 Year Anniversary

August 11, in the beautiful Panorama Room of the Pacific Tower in Seattle, NEEC celebrated the 20th year of its incorporation as a non-profit industry association. A sold out room of energy businesses, policymakers, utilities, and efficiency advocates enjoyed a stunning view of downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay. A welcome from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray kicked off the event (he shared the fact that he saw an energy dashboard on display at his recent visit to the Vatican!) followed by a brief...

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