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The slides for the National SAVE Energy Coalition webinar on the Senate Climate and Energy Bill: Key Elements of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy can be found at www.nationalsaveenergycoalition.org

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The Northwest Energy Efficiency Taskforce (NEET) issued its final report (www.nwcouncil.org/neet) earlier this year, but this group of largely senior utility executives – ably staffed by Ken Canon – decided to maintain themselves as a group and help the region push on the energy efficiency accelerator. Executive Committee membership was extended to Dave Zapponi of the Northwest...

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As leaves begin to fall in the Northwest, it is sure sign that policy conversations are beginning to heat up for 2010 legislative sessions. Oregon will have a “limited” session in 2010, Washington will be in their shorter 60 day session, and the Idaho legislature will also convene. State budget woes will undoubtedly capture much of the attention in all three states. A legislator panel at the recent Idaho Energy Efficiency and Green Building Conference advised meeting participants...

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BetterBricks has announced the opening of their award process for 2010. A new award category has been added for service providers. NEEC advocated for this inclusion and is very pleased to see this area of distinction become part of the process. For more information on the nomination process for this and other categories, visit www.betterbricks.com/awards and Save the Date for the 2010 Awards

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 (Exerpt from Energy Trust October Newsletter)

Washington customers of NW Natural now have access to Energy Trust services, resources and cash incentives to help save energy and money.  Granted approval for the expansion by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, NW Natural has contracted with Energy Trust to serve customers for 12 months with a potential extension based on evaluation results.  As of October 1st,...

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A significant and enduring drop in revenues from wholesale power transactions in the last year has been a majority contributor to a revenue shortfall at Seattle City Light. Closing the gap between expenditures and revenues is placing utility and city officials with a difficult set of options. Outgoing Mayor Greg Nickels has proposed a 2010 rate increase of 8.8% (on a base rate of approximately 5.6 cents/kWh) coupled with a Power Rate Adjustment Mechanism (PRAM) which would allow for...

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The US DOE has issued a Request for Information (not yet a solicitation for proposals) on the nationally competitive round of ARRA funding through the Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant program. Preliminary guidance indicates that DOE intends to make $333M available through two separate paths.
Per the RFI, the funds have been split into two pots with different eligibility requirements called Topic 1 and Topic 2 as follows:

• Topic 1: DOE anticipates that a total of up...

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 A team of three NEEC member companies have been tapped by BPA to help the agency amp up its acquisition in the industrial sector. Long an elusive gold mine of savings potential, the industrial sector has higher conservation targets than ever before. BPA is turning to a program partnership arrangement to help it gain the flexibility and expertise to acquire efficiency in this sector. From the BPA announcement of this new arrangement;...

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 Outgoing Seattle Mayor, Greg Nickels, released his proposed 2010 budget last week. The budget recognizes the difficult economy and proposed an 8.8% increase in electricity rates for Seattle City Light. The Mayors press release indicates;

“The proposed budget assumes an 8.8 percent City Light rate increase on Jan. 1, 2010, which is included in legislation being submitted to Council. The...
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 The Washington State SBCC has published a set of over 170 code changes to the residential and non-residential energy codes in the state. The SBCC is taking public testimony in meetings in Seattle and Spokane (as well as comments in writing) with the full Council slated to make a final decision at their meeting in November of this year. The code changes represent an approximate 20% increase in stringency over the current edition of the code with the residential portion of the...

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