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 The Mechanical Compliance Forms for the 2012 WSEC have been updated with many new features and helpful information. We are offering classroom trainings August 12th in Lacey, September 1st in Sequim, and Sept. 17th in Wenatchee for the Commercial Mechanical Provisions of the 2012 WSEC that will focus on the new Mechanical Compliance Forms and will provide detail about the specific topics that these forms cover....

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With caveats that planning scenario analyses are still draft and subject to change, a recent meeting of the Council's Resources Strategies Advisory Committee (RSAC) reviewed interesting preliminary results of model runs supporting the development of the 7th Power Plan. A somewhat surprising preliminary finding was in all scenarios tested to date, least cost resource strategies rely heavily on conservation to meet both winter capacity and energy needs. While there is little surprise in...

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BPA released its Draft Record of Decision in the BP-16 Rate Proceeding on the afternoon of Friday, June 12, 2015. Here is a link to the draft: BP-16 Rate Case website. The decisions in the Draft ROD are not final. Parties to the rate case may make comments on the Draft ROD and file their briefs on exceptions July 1, for the administrator to consider before making his final decisions. The administrator will make his...

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In Washington State, no news is a couple of clicks shy of good news.  The Legislature continues its second special session without a deal on the operating budget. The state drives off the proverbial cliff on July 1st, which – absent a budget deal – puts state government into shutdown mode. Contingency planning for this shutdown is in full swing as the state sorts through how it suspends its current contractual obligations and determines what is, and isn’t, essential...

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The Mechanical Compliance Forms for the 2012 WSEC have been updated with many new features and helpful information. We are offering classroom trainings July 24th in Everett, July 28th in Kennewick, and July 29th in Vancouver for the Commercial Mechanical Provisions of the 2012 WSEC that will focus on the new Mechanical Compliance Forms and will provide detail about the specific topics that these forms cover....

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One North is a mixed-use development pushing the edges of financially feasible sustainability. Located in the growing North Williams corridor in northeast Portland, the development comprises a large courtyard space in between three buildings. Across the street is a New Seasons grocery store and many other amenities, making the location appealing to up-and-coming companies looking to find a unique place to call home.

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The Naval Air Station (NAS) on Whidbey Island believes that national defense and environmental protection must be compatible goals. Their recent effort to develop and execute a targeted plan for upgrading the chilled water system serving their critical Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) facility is another great example of the commitment the NAS has for environmental stewardship and continual improvement.

The NAS, in combination with Bonneville Power Administration and...

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The Washington Legislature is about to complete the first special session called by Governor Jay Inslee without an agreement on a two year budget for the state. The Governor has promised to call a second special session immediately should no agreement get hammered out in the next few days. An earlier than normal budget forecast provided a rosier estimate of biennial revenues which has changed the political calculus just a bit. The Democrats have responded by pulling a large tax package...

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The second biennial ACEEE City Energy Efficiency Scorecard measures the progress of city policies and programs that save energy while benefiting the environment and promoting economic growth. We ranked 51 large US cities for their energy efficiency efforts across five policy areas: local government operations, community-wide initiatives, buildings, energy and water utilities, and transportation. The Scorecard also gives examples of best practices in each policy area. In this year's results,...

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[Press Release from Bureau of Planning and Sustainability]

Portland City Council approved a new policy that will require owners of commercial buildings over 20,000 square feet to track energy use and report it on an annual basis. The policy will cover nearly 80 percent of the commercial square footage and affect approximately 1,000 buildings.

"Portland has set a goal to cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. To reach that goal, we all have a role to play - public and...

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