NEEC News Blog

Our 2015 WSEC commercial provisions training series continues in June: Renton June 8, Burlington June 20, and East Wenatchee June 22. Additional trainings will be offered in various locations throughout the summer and fall of 2017. Primary...

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WALTHAM, Mass., April 19, 2017—The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus) announced today that it has appointed Terry Fry senior vice president of energy services. Fry will lead the firm’s strategic development and delivery of technical services in support of energy utilities; regulatory bodies; federal, state, and local governments; and businesses across North America.

“Terry is an exceptional business leader and strategist and is widely respected across the industry as a...

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Last month, Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) published over 3,300 properties and their building energy performance data through the Seattle's Energy Benchmarking program.  One of the goal is to create long-term market demand for energy efficient buildings, protect tenant interests, and reward high-performers.

The data can be accessed through the City's...

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NEEC is pleased to announce our 2017 training series for the 2015 WSEC commercial provisions. Trainings in May include Kennewick May 23, and Vancouver May 24. Additional trainings will be offered in various locations throughout the summer and fall of 2017. Primary topics will include provisions related to mechanical and service water...

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The Washington Legislature is over half way through its session and dueling budget proposals (and the taxes that fund them) are emerging from House and Senate. The center circle under the circus tent remains funding for public education. Expect a continued long slog on that issue – and its ripple effect on spending for other initiatives. Not much is left in the outer rings of consideration related to policies effecting energy efficiency. One notable exception is the potential for...

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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...

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Both Washington and Oregon legislatures are in session now. Both states are grappling with big funding issues that dominate the political landscape.

NEEC’s two priority bills had hearings in the Washington House of Representatives last week. Representative Doglio was the prime sponsor of a bill that would have directed the WUTC to enact rules requiring the state’s investor owned utilities to offer a meter based incentive program (aka pay for performance) as an option for...

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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. The savings came from strong sector performance across the board with the commercial...

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Two weeks and counting and the current Washington Legislature is in the thick of committee hearings. While solving the K-12 education funding problem is front and center (and likely will be throughout the session), the usual slate of energy legislation has been introduced. NEEC is closely following a few those bills.

HB 1458: This bill sponsored by Reps. Fitzgibbon, Fey, Farrell and Doglio would direct...

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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...

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