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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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February 17, 2015 | Comment count: 1

Portland, Oregon established its Green Investment Fund (GIF) in 2005 to provide financial incentives for the adoption of innovative technologies in energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, stormwater management, and green building materials. The GIF was intended to demonstrate green building in an array of project types; to highlight the most innovative, regionally appropriate practices and technologies; and to support publicly valuable green building projects.

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This month the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability held two public workshops discussing a proposed city requirement for energy performance reporting for commercial buildings. The policy, if enacted later this spring (est. April 2015), would require commercial buildings over 20,000 square feet to track energy performance using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, calculate an energy use intensity, ENERGY STAR score, and carbon emissions, and then report this information to the...

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Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, Chair of the House Environment Committee, is the prime sponsor of HB 1278 which strengthens the enforcement provisions in Washington State's energy performance disclosure statute, extends the requirement to multi-family buildings, and places obligations on the largest utilities in the state to periodically provide the previous 12 months of energy use and cost data on the customer's bill. The bill received its first hearing in Rep. Fitzgibbon's committee on January 22nd...

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At PSCCU, members are not only part owners of a financial cooperative, but they also help play a role in environmental sustainability, financial security for others, and job creation. The credit union offers all the financial products and management tools as other financial institutions, but they diversify themselves by combining helping the environment with providing their members with the best money-saving options.

One of the major ways they accomplish this is through their Energy...

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