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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...

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The Northwest Power and Conservation Council this week named Ben Kujala Director of Power Planning. Kujala has been acting director since April. He replaces Tom Eckman, who retired in July.

Kujala joined the Council staff in 2013 as a Senior Analyst. He recently led the redevelopment of the Regional Portfolio Model for the Seventh Power Plan, which the Council completed in February. He also coordinated efforts to link multiple power system models into a cohesive analytical framework...

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 Seattle has adopted one of the country's most innovative add-on features to energy benchmarking and disclosure - a periodic building tune up policy (click here for more background on the policy). Over the summer, Seattle OSE has hosted a series of both technical working group and public forums to discuss potential features of the required tune up. While the first tranche of buildings covered by the...

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Following positive action by the Seattle City Council earlier this year, Seattle's Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) has held a series of input meetings over the summer with a wide array of stakeholders including building owners and managers, industry representatives, and policy advocates. A final Director's Rule should be published soon which details the specifics for both what and how building energy performance is made publicly available. It's anticipated that public...

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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...

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The BPA Integrated Program Review (IPR) for 2016 is underway. From BPA’s web site description of the IPR; “The combined Integrated Program Review (IPR) and Capital Investment Review (CIR) process allows interested parties to see all relevant FCRPS expense and capital spending level estimates in the same forum. The IPR/CIR occurs every two years, or just prior to each rate case, and provides participants with an opportunity to review and comment on BPA's capital and expense...

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 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.

Michael’s unique combination...

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SnoPUD has become the latest utility to consider the siren song of increased fixed charges to its residential customers as a reflex to the success of its energy efficiency programs and flattening demand. A utility Board of Commissioners meeting on June 21st heard a staff presentation on the issue. The arguments in favor of increasing a residential customer’s fixed service fee (and consequentially lowering the utility’s kWh rate) were time honored. The triggering concern is a...

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We are pleased to announce August dates and locations for the 2015 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC) free trainings: Yakima, August 9; Pullman, August 11; and Port Angeles, August 24. Experts from the industry will cover key changes between the 2012 and 2015 WSEC for new construction and retrofits. Presentations will include compliance options for envelope, mechanical and lighting systems, and how to document compliance.

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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....

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