NEEC News Blog

The Recovery Act continues to fuel Idaho. One of our largest industries, microchip maker Micron, has been granted five million dollars for development and production of LED lamps, fixtures and control systems. According to the Micron team they are ready to begin production of some fixture types.

There is six million dollars of Energy Efficient Conservation Block Grants awaiting federal approval that will be made available to Idaho jurisdictions under a competitive process. The grants...

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Daniel Malarkey is joining the Department of Commerce as a Deputy Director based in Seattle. His primary responsibility will be leading engagement with the private sector around the state. He will also lead efforts to do analysis and interact with the Governor’s office and legislature around policy proposals that grow and improve jobs in our state.
 “We’ve talked about the importance of improving the connection between policy making in Olympia and the 180,000...

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Need climate data?  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers comprehensive climate data for locations throughout the globe.  Visit the NOAA website at www.ncdc.noaa.gov if you are interested in receiving climate data.  For instructions on converting your data to an excel spreadsheet, go to the NEEC resources...

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The Energy Trust of Oregon has recently rolled out a new program targeted at moderate income residences, Savings Within Reach.

The Savings Within Reach program is designed to help homeowners (renters can also participate with the approval of the property owner) access energy efficiency upgrades that they would otherwise have difficulty paying for. The program focuses of homeowners who don’t qualify for free low income weatherization services, but don’t have significant...

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The Northwest Power and Conservation Council issued a draft 6th Power Plan this month that calls for the region’s electric utilities to meet 85% of projected new load growth over the next 20 years through energy efficiency.

The Plan targets 1,400 aMW for the first 5 year period and then 5,800 aMW by 2030. The Council’s planning methodology assumes that these amounts are only a portion of the cost effective resource available in the region, but these targets represent only...

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The energy efficiency industry in California has recently created its own trade association patterned after successful non profits in the Northwest and Northeast.

The California Energy Efficiency Industry Association (www.efficiencycouncil.org) was founded this summer to represent the interests of the energy efficiency business community in California. The organization patterned itself after the Northwest and Northeast...

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Climate Data Online provides access to US and global climate/weather data, via a web interface. It also provides a map interface (GIS-based) for the data. Users may select data by region, country, state, climate division, county, and station, for any desired time period.  Go to the NEEC Resources page for instructions on converting your data to an excel spreadsheet.

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The Energy Trust of Oregon has issued a draft strategic planning document for public comment. In it, the public goods administrator for private electric and natural gas utilities in Oregon, outlines future potential for energy efficiency acquisition.

The plan outlines two major goals for the organization;

  1. Help utilities and their ratepayers acquire all cost-effective energy efficiency, saving between 200 and 244 average megawatts between 2009 and 2013 and 8.5 million to...
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The dust has settled on the 2009 Oregon legislative session. Two bills of significance for the energy efficiency industry passed and were signed by the Governor. The following was excerpted from the Oregon Citizen’s Utility Board (CUB) newsletter:

HB 2626 and HB 2180: HB 2626 (Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Technology Act) was introduced to provide a series of pilot projects intended to deliver increased energy efficiency services to...

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Stan Price, NEEC Executive Director, was quoted in the recent Puget Sound Business Journal that “Talking about it isn’t as stimulating as spending it.” Here is an update on how close the state’s are to spending it.

Washington: Local communities have submitted their block grant plans to US DOE and hope to hear approval by early Fall. Cities and counties of sufficient population get direct grants through the EECBG program and...

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