NEEC News Blog

Several days of intense heat pushed Northwest temperatures above the 100-degree mark sending regional summertime power consumption to record highs. As the mercury soared, air conditioners and fans hummed along breaking the Bonneville Power Administration’s record for peak summertime electricity consumption three days in a row.

BPA customer power usage broke the 2014 peak of 7,861 megawatts on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 1, 2 and 3, with Wednesday being the highest....

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The Energy Trust of Oregon has begun an analysis of energy efficiency measures and how changes to inputs in the cost effectiveness formula might impact those measures. In a recent meeting of the ETO Conservation Advisory Committee, Trust staff explained changes to factors that may – or may not – result in 2018 measure incentive decisions. These factors primarily include updated electric and natural gas avoided costs, the expiration of the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC),...

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As most know, NEEC’s inaugurated its newest project effort – Smart Buildings Center – in the Fall of 2015. Our new 5,000 square foot office, training, and event center is a gathering spot for business and industry groups who share our passion for the built environment (if you haven’t seen it, come and visit). The site also houses our free Tool Lending Library, a regional resource for lending building diagnostic...

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Just when you think all is quiet on the energy front in Salem, small tempests can brew in the Capital teapot. Such as it was a few weeks ago, when a large transportation investment bill emerged at the Oregon Legislature. It was a large bill and patient readers who made it to page 258 were surprised to see language that, in effect, diverted portions of Oregon’s public purpose charge dollars now committed to building energy efficiency to go toward infrastructure investments in electric...

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ACEEE has released their 2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard for 51 cities across the U.S. The scorecard measures the progress of city policies and programs that save energy while benefiting the environment and promoting economic growth. The top 5 performers were Boston, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Portland.

NEEC and the Smart Buildings Center provide the technical support for the City of Seattle Energy Benchmarking program – one of the city policies that are...

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The City of Seattle has enacted a mandatory periodic building tune up for commercial buildings greater than 50,000 square feet. While this mandate begins its phased in implementation beginning next year, the City is getting ready to launch an “accelerator” version of the tune up focusing on buildings between 20,000 and 100,000 square feet. This is a voluntary program which will provide valuable learning experience for the City and building owners in anticipation of the mandated...

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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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