NEEC News Blog

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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Effective January 30th, 2017, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) will be moving to the Pacific Tower Building. Our new address will be:

1200 12th Ave S
Suite 110
Seattle, WA 98144

Our phone numbers will remain the same. We look forward to seeing you at our new location. Thanks for your continued interest in energy efficiency in the built environment.

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On the heels of an unsuccessful statewide initiative to create a revenue neutral carbon tax, recently re-elected Governor Jay Inslee has proposed a carbon tax as a revenue source to fund the state’s court-mandated support of K-12 public education. The ambitious Inslee plan would generate $4.4B in new revenue through a combination of the carbon tax, a...

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The new year brings more political news than just the specter of the President Donald J. Trump administration, as both Washington and Oregon will convene new legislatures in tandem with two newly re-elected Governors. While Washington and Oregon begin their new biennial cycles, things look much like they did in 2016. In Oregon, Democrats control both chambers and the Governor’s office while Washington maintains the lone Republican stronghold in the Senate. In Washington, Gov. Inslee...

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The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has squarely placed one of their big toes in the water regarding the region’s historical analytical approach to assessing conservation potential. The Council accepted responses until the middle of December from firms interested in helping them assess the following;

“The Council is requesting proposals to assess the level of effort required to adopt an end-use conservation model, describe the related advantages and disadvantages...

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