NEEC News Blog

 (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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The NWPCC has issued a draft of its 6th Power Plan covering the period on 2010 – 2014 (and its longer range 20 year forecast as well). The Plan largely relies on energy efficiency to meet the region’s growing need for electricity. In the five year span, the Council calls for 1,200 aMW of energy efficiency resources which represents about 58% of projected demand growth in that period. The longer 20 year forecast projects 85% of new demand met through...
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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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