Both Seattle and Portland have progressive policies that require commercial buildings (and multi-family in Seattle) to benchmark their properties and report that benchmark information to the city. The deadline for reporting on 2016 energy use is approaching in both jurisdictions. The City of Seattle deadline is April 1st. The City of Portland deadline is April 22nd.
The Energy Trust of Oregon announced its preliminary efficiency results for CY2016 and the numbers set achievement records for savings in the state. Though the numbers will be finalized soon, the Energy Trust achieved 60 aMW of electric savings (109% of goal) and 6.7 MMTH of natural gas savings (117% of goal). For 2016, the ETO exceeded program savings goals in all five of its utility service territories.
One of the most valuable aspects of NEEC’s Smart Buildings Center project is the creation of a free diagnostic tool lending library. Stocked with nearly 1,000 diagnostic tools ranging from data loggers, to power meters, flow measuring devices, and much more, the library has been making tool loans to end use customers, service providers, and utilities for more than a year. Beginning 2017, The Tool Lending Library has received generous sponsorship from Seattle City Light, Puget Sound Energy, and Snohomish County PUD which will help support the growth of the library.
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:
Following an earlier ECONorthwest study released in late 2014, NEEC announces the availability of newly updated results on the macroeconomic benefits of energy efficiency investments in the states of Washington and Oregon. Respected economics consulting firm ECONorthwest used two sophisticated economic models to quantify both the short term and longer term impacts of energy efficiency investments in these two Northwest states. The analysis concludes that net job creation effects are 3,800 and 2,400 for Washington and Oregon respectively.
The Energy Trust of Oregon Board of Directors is pleased to announce Michael Colgrove will be joining the nonprofit organization as its next Executive Director.
Michael is currently Director of the New York City office and Multifamily Programs for NYSERDA, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. He brings 20 years of experience designing, developing and implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) announces the release of a revised analysis of the economic benefits of energy efficiency investments in the State of Washington. The new report, prepared by ECONorthwest, expands the quantitative analytical results of these benefits as an update to their December 2014 publication. This newly released Summary is available for download here.
On April 20th, the Oregon Public Utility Commission held its first meeting concerning implementation features of Oregon’s recent legislation (SB 1547) that increased the state’s renewable portfolio standard (with companion features covering community solar, EVs, etc.). At this meeting, the PUC discussed its draft implementation plan and took comments from interested parties. The draft plan from the PUC outlined the following issues and timeline.
In contrast to Washington State’s inability to put in place a functioning energy benchmark and disclosure process, the City of Portland’s new benchmark requirements seem to be humming along smoothly. The first group of covered buildings (those over 50,000 square feet) must report by April 22nd of this year for 2015 performance. The City has a functioning Help Desk to help resolve problems and answer questions and along with PGE, Pacific Power, and NW Natural, hosting a series of workshops to help building owners.