NEEC News Blog

Before a packed Northwest Power Council meeting room on February 18th, BPA presented a reasonably detailed description (modus operandi) of the newly minted firm energy resource known as momentum savings. Ably presented by BPA and Power Council staff (with an prelude of his own Short History of Time by Tom Eckman, soon to be retired Director of the Power Division of the Council), momentum savings was quantified by BPA as a resource that will contribute 30% of the regional savings identified...

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Seattle’s Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) has proposed two amendments to its energy disclosure ordinance. The first amendment provides for full public transparency of the benchmark results. Heretofore, this information was available on request during certain market transactions, but will under this amendment become fully public to all on an annual basis. This move, if adopted, would have Seattle join about dozen other major cities across the United States in providing...

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NEEC’s priority Washington legislation, HB 2846, has died for this biennial session. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, would have revised the state’s energy benchmark and disclosure requirements and put enforcement features in it. The bill seemingly had unanimous support in the House Democratic caucus, but objections by the Association of Washington Business seem to have derailed the bill’s progress. NEEC appreciates the efforts of Rep. Fitzgibbon to create a stronger energy...

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In contrast to Washington State’s inability to put in place a functioning energy benchmark and disclosure process, the City of Portland’s new benchmark requirements seem to be humming along smoothly. The first group of covered buildings (those over 50,000 square feet) must report by April 22nd of this year for 2015 performance. The City has a functioning Help Desk to help resolve problems and answer questions and along with PGE, Pacific Power, and NW Natural, hosting a series of workshops...

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The Pamplin School of Business is sharing their new UP Westside location in Bethany Village at no cost. They welcome you to use this space for off-site learning experiences, professional meetings, or retreats. This is a smart classroom that seats up to 32 comfortably. If you are seeking a location with great access to Beaverton, Hillsboro or Washington County this is an excellent option with several amenities. They are truly grateful for the awareness of our new location that comes from...

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The Washington State Legislature began its 60 day session this month. Public school funding challenges continue to dominate the landscape in the state, but a number of energy related bills will be considered as well. A priority bill for NEEC is HB 1278. This bill, first introduced by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon last year, would establish an enforcement mechanism for the current state requirement to benchmark energy use in commercial buildings. The bill would add a feature that requires owners to...

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While the Oregon Legislature has a very brief 30 day session beginning next month, one very significant energy bill will be considered. After a series of closed door meetings between some environmental organizations and utility executives with PGE and PacifiCorp, a legislative concept was agreed to which would, in majority part, remove coal generation from the rates paid by those utility customers in Oregon and increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) from its current 25% to...

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This announcement comes from Josh Warner at BPA.

BPA is holding a Momentum Savings workshop and everyone who’s interested in this topic is invited to join. Please save the date of February 18, 2016 between 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council office in downtown Portland. Attendees can expect the following by the end of that day:
- To understand what Momentum Savings are and how we analyze them
- To provide input and discussion...

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Avista Utilities publishes a newsletter updating its stakeholders on news and events concerning energy efficiency in their service territory. The newsletter is a great way to stay current on energy issues in eastern Washington and Avista’s service area in Idaho and Oregon. 

Key items in the January 2016 edition: Residential Programs, Nonresidential...

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Ecotope Inc. of Seattle WA was awarded one of five first place National ASHRAE Technology Awards for the Stackhouse Apartments. The ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize outstanding achievements by members who have successfully applied innovative building design in the areas of occupant comfort, indoor air quality and energy conservation. The Stackhouse...

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