NEEC News Blog

The California Legislature has passed an aggressive new bill thad calls for doubling the amount of energy efficiency captured in that state (doubling current efforts). While this news will capture the headline, some of the more significant changes are in the details of the bill and discussed in a blog post at efficiency.org. A cut and paste of this excellent summary follows. (Please excuse the length but the details here are critically important.)

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BACKGROUND

PG&E has been delivering cost-effective Retro-commissioning (RCx) programs to larger commercial customers to help improve and optimize energy use.

OPPORTUNITY

PG&E historically struggled to engage schools and municipal buildings into its Retro-commissioning program. They recognized analytics could provide a cost-effective solution to expand their Retro-commissioning service offering into the broader commercial customer...

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Join NEEC for an evening celebration as we open our new Smart Buildings Center in the newly renovated Pacific Tower building! Our new space is designed to spur collaboration and innovation throughout the energy efficiency sector — showcasing the opportunities for facility operational excellence when smart meets efficient. Check out our new high functioning ...

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Focused on a wide range of national energy opportunities and challenges, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 features five titles reflecting common ground on energy efficiency, infrastructure, supply,accountability, and land conservation.

The Energy Policy Modernization Act builds on recent technological breakthroughs and promises to bring substantial benefits to American families and businesses while protecting the environment. Its provisions will save energy, expand domestic...

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The Northwest region’s 7th Power Plan will provide guidance for the region’s electric utilities regarding electric resources, adequacy, and reliability over the next five years (based on a 20 year forecast for the region). The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has a number of advisory committees providing input into the planning process, including the RSAC. RSAC members include many of the senior executives of the region’s utilities as well as other stakeholders,...

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20 Year Anniversary

August 11, in the beautiful Panorama Room of the Pacific Tower in Seattle, NEEC celebrated the 20th year of its incorporation as a non-profit industry association. A sold out room of energy businesses, policymakers, utilities, and efficiency advocates enjoyed a stunning view of downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay. A welcome from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray kicked off the event (he shared the fact that he saw an energy dashboard on display at his recent visit to the Vatican!) followed by a brief...

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This challenging hospital project provides the physical structure for the second phase of expansion at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). MacDonald-Miller completed Phase I in 2011. This second phase increases safety and quality of service to patients in a modern, high-performance environment. The project allows a more streamlined, integrated organizational structure for the...

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Sponsored by NEEC and written by ECONorthwest, the reports for Oregon and Washington describes the economic effects of energy conservation work done in both Oregon and Washington.  It also addressess the long-run macroeconomic effects arising from productivity growth.  Productivity growth is the cornerstone of long-run economic health.  It also affects our competitive position.The more productive both Oregon and Washington are, the better it competes in national and world...

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 The Mechanical Compliance Forms for the 2012 WSEC have been updated with many new features and helpful information. We are offering classroom trainings August 12th in Lacey, September 1st in Sequim, and Sept. 17th in Wenatchee for the Commercial Mechanical Provisions of the 2012 WSEC that will focus on the new Mechanical Compliance Forms and will provide detail about the specific topics that these forms cover....

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With caveats that planning scenario analyses are still draft and subject to change, a recent meeting of the Council's Resources Strategies Advisory Committee (RSAC) reviewed interesting preliminary results of model runs supporting the development of the 7th Power Plan. A somewhat surprising preliminary finding was in all scenarios tested to date, least cost resource strategies rely heavily on conservation to meet both winter capacity and energy needs. While there is little surprise in...

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