NEEC News Blog

The Washington State Legislature was unable to complete action on biennial operating and capital budgets within the constitutionally prescribed 90 day legislative window. Gov. Jay Inslee has called a special 30 day session that will begin on Wednesday, April 29th. Much behind the scenes negotiating will likely occur among top party budget writers, leaving regular legislators with little to do other than await some compromise on the operating budget numbers. Transportation and education...

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NEEC is pleased to announce that the Mechanical Compliance Forms for the 2012 WA State Energy Code (WSEC) have been updated with many new features and helpful information. May 14, 2015, Noon-1:30 p.m. NEEC is hosting a FREE webinar to explain how to use these new forms to document WSEC compliance. Click here for the webinar flyer (PDF) to learn about topics that will be covered in this...

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After spending more than a decade leading Seattle City Light, Jorge Carrasco is retiring from his role as general manager and chief executive officer of Seattle City Light.

“I want to thank Jorge for his years of service in Seattle and wish him the best as he writes his next chapter,” Mayor Ed Murray said. “Jorge brought renewed financial sustainability to City Light. Under his leadership, the utility stabilized electricity rates, cut workplace accidents in half and...

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The Washington State Legislature turned an important corner in the 2015 session requiring all bills to have passed their body of origin in order to receive further consideration. A notable casualty to this deadline was HB 1278 which established enforcement provisions to the state’s 2009 energy benchmarking and disclosure requirement. The bill would have amended the state size threshold for disclosure (...

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In a recent regional dialogue, dubbed IRP 2, the Bonneville Power Administration, has proposed two potentially significant changes to the way it funds energy efficiency. First, BPA is proposing to expense conservation funding as opposed to capitalizing those expenditures. This would, according to BPA, relieve some of the borrowing pressure facing the agency. In addition, BPA suggests that its retail customer utilities contribute a greater share of conservation spending directly from their...

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NEEC member, Seinergy LLC, is celebrating its third year in operation and over 2.5 million kWh in documented energy efficiency achievements.  At only $11/MWh, Seinergy's documented energy efficiency savings...

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The City of Seattle’s successful energy performance benchmarking and disclosure ordinance has its next deadline for reporting on April 1st.  All buildings covered by the ordinance have received notifications from the City that calendar year 2014 data must be complete by the enforcement date.  Energy performance disclosure in the City approached virtually 100% compliance last year providing Seattle and the market valuable information on how well the city’s commercial...

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Meanwhile, at the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) activity under the docket UM 1622 continues on two fronts.  First, input is being solicited on the value of natural gas hedging strategies from DSM actions.  Northwest Natural recently “kicked off” this conversation in a public workshop.  Comments are being solicited through March 3rd.  OPUC staff lead, Jason Klotz, indicates that the issue could come before the Commission at its March...

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The talk of the town in Oregon, of course, is the recent resignation of John Kitzhaber as Governor and the ascension of the state’s Secretary of State, Kate Brown, as Oregon’s new Governor.  Governor Brown, largely known as a progressive politician, brings a history of strong support for environmental issues in the state.  Gov. Brown has not, predictably, had much of an opportunity to establish a record on energy efficiency issues however.  Given the rapid turn of...

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The Washington State Legislature continues its “long” session in 2015 with significant challenges for funding education and transportation in the state.  While these issues have prominence, along with a proposal to establish a carbon “cap and trade” system, a number of energy bills have been introduced.  NEEC highest priority legislation, HB 1278 sponsored by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, would create stronger enforcement mechanisms for the existing state statute...

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