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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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The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is leading their first ever innovation challenge for the U.S. Department of Energy, Connected Building Challenge, with a goal to accelerate the development of connected buildings. On August 3rd, selected project teams will demonstrate their solutions at the Smart Buildings Center in Seattle. As a partner, please join PNNL, the Department of Energy, other partners, and...

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NEEC is pleased to announce four June trainings 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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The Seventh Power Plan recommended forming a demand response advisory committee to advise the Council on developing the demand response resources identified as cost-effective in the plan.

The issue paper outlines a proposed approach to forming the committee and its focus on implementation, barriers, and supply...

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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.

  • Coal to Clean...
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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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