NEEC News Blog

The venerable regional organization, Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee, has published its forecast of regional loads and forecasts for the 2017 through 2026 period. The report provides a 10 year forward look at anticipated regional electric loads and resources compiled based on input from a majority of the Northwest utilities. This report confirms load trends consistent with that documented in the Power Council’s 7th Power Plan. In aggregate, this report forecasts...

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Recently, the Seattle City Council took action to revise that city’s energy performance disclosure requirement adding full public information transparency as a feature. Following the City Council action, the Office of Sustainability & Environment is working to amend the Director’s Rule to define the specifics of how transparency will work. This work will begin soon and continue into early summer. Information from OSE indicates that the objective is to update of the...

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On April 20th, the Oregon Public Utility Commission held its first meeting concerning implementation features of Oregon’s recent legislation (SB 1547) that increased the state’s renewable portfolio standard (with companion features covering community solar, EVs, etc.). At this meeting, the PUC discussed its draft implementation plan and took comments from interested parties. The draft plan from the PUC outlined the following issues and timeline.

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With leadership from Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell, the Senate passed the first comprehensive energy legislation in many years. After a more shortsighted energy bill earlier passed the US House, the Senate version was negotiated and supported in bi-partisan fashion, passing on a vote of 85-12. The Senate bill now faces an uncertain challenge of getting support from the House before it becomes law. The following is an excerpt from Sen. Cantwell’s press release.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency Program Delivery for its outstanding efforts to increase adoption of energy-efficient products. NEEC’s accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2016.

NEEC, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2002, will be honored for work in promoting ENERGY STAR programs and products that meet ENERGY...

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Please join the NEEC and the Seattle 2030 District for Seattle City Light's Strategic Plan Update.

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm (free NEEC social hour to follow*)

Location: Smart Buildings Center, Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave South

City Light is updating its Strategic Business Plan. The update covers the years 2017-2022 and supports the utility's budget and rate proposal for 2017 and...

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The Oregon Legislature stuck with its 30 day session calendar and pounded their gavel sine die but not before they passed rather sweeping energy legislation designed to eliminate “coal by wire” through an increase in the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 50% by the year 2040. It didn’t appear to be easy. FOIA requests from The Oregonian for email communications from commissioners and staff at the OPUC uncovered significant skepticism about the idea focusing on...

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The following is a description by Seattle’s Office of Sustainability & Environment.

Earlier this month, City Council passed building energy legislation that propels Seattle into an elite group of cities with progressive policies aimed at driving energy efficiencies and reducing climate impacts. At the direction of Mayor Murray, OSE developed the new policies to keep Seattle on track to meet Seattle’s GHG emissions reduction goal in the building sector, as outlined in...

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The Oregonian reported a few days ago that the lead regulator at the Oregon Public Utility Commission resigned and will be leaving the OPUC in May. No specific reasons were provided. The newspaper speculated on a possible connection with Ackerman’s concerns about the recent energy legislation that increased Oregon’s RPS to 50% but nothing was officially confirmed. Presumably, Gov. Kate Brown will shortly make an appointment to replace Ackerman on the Commission.

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NEEC is pleased to announce our training series for the 2015 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC), which goes into effect on July 1st, 2016. Experts from the industry will cover key changes between the 2012 and 2015 WSEC for new construction and retrofits. Presentations will include various examples of how common provisions apply to a sample project, compliance options for envelope, mechanical and lighting systems, and how to document compliance. Locations, dates and registration links:...

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