The Smart Buildings Center (SBC) has announced a new initiative to help launch innovative smart building and energy efficiency technologies in the Pacific Northwest. The SBC will work with companies to match cutting-edge technologies with buildings that are a good fit for initial product deployment and testing. The organization will provide $350,000 in technical assistance funding for industry-leading contractors to help get the new products and services deployed and evaluated by a third-party.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) as a 2014 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion winner for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through significant consumer education efforts promoting superior energy-efficient products. NEEC’s accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2014.
In February 2016, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council released the Seventh Power Plan. This plan identifies the energy efficiency savings potential in the Northwest and establishes a regional savings goal. BPA has committed to achieving a share of the goal established in the Power Plan and developed the EE Action Plan to define their strategy for doing so. The Action Plan forecasts how public power will achieve the savings goals through a variety of EE programs and other channels like market transformation and Momentum Savings as well as identifying the budget required to do so.
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, including NEEC.
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 history of NEEC and the industry by Executive Director, Stan Price.
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 final decisions in the Final ROD which they expect to issue July 24, 2015.
NEEC presented the paper Energy Productivity as a Means for Economic Growth at the Energy Program Research Conference in San Francisco this month. The EPRC brings together industry, academics, and elected officials to discuss emerging ideas in clean energy. The NEEC paper, which is available for download below, is based in emerging economic research that NEEC and the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council are funding that examines the broader economic development value, beyond just the utility system, from making homes, businesses,and industries more energy efficient.
At a special meeting on June 20th, the NEEA Board of Directors approved the organization's new five year strategic and business plan along with levels of funding for the 2015 - 2019 period. The approved funding levels are;
The NEEA Board also approved a number of revisions to the organization's by-laws including providing permanent Board seats for Governor-appointed representatives from each of the four Northwest.
NEEA will release a summary of its draft 2015-19 Business Plan next week. We invite you to review and provide any feedback through a variety of upcoming opportunities:
IN-PERSON REGIONAL INPUT SESSIONS – A short presentation and Q&A panel hosted by NEEA Executive Director, Susan E. Stratton and local NEEA Board members. To participate, please RSVP to Tamara Anderson at Tanderson@neea.org. These sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes in the following cities:
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) 5-year Business Plan has been receiving final consideration by its Board of Directors. NEEA is funded by the region’s electric utility community in five year cycles. Its current funding commitment ends at the end of 2014. With NEEA funding renewal, comes a 5 year Business Plan which has received considerable attention by stakeholders and its governing Board. Various options for NEEA activities and emphasis are being vetted.