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The talk of the town in Oregon, of course, is the recent resignation of John Kitzhaber as Governor and the ascension of the state’s Secretary of State, Kate Brown, as Oregon’s new Governor.  Governor Brown, largely known as a progressive politician, brings a history of strong support for environmental issues in the state.  Gov. Brown has not, predictably, had much of an opportunity to establish a record on energy efficiency issues however.  Given the rapid turn of...

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The Washington State Legislature continues its “long” session in 2015 with significant challenges for funding education and transportation in the state.  While these issues have prominence, along with a proposal to establish a carbon “cap and trade” system, a number of energy bills have been introduced.  NEEC highest priority legislation, HB 1278 sponsored by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, would create stronger enforcement mechanisms for the existing state statute...

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February 17, 2015 | Comment count: 1

Portland, Oregon established its Green Investment Fund (GIF) in 2005 to provide financial incentives for the adoption of innovative technologies in energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, stormwater management, and green building materials. The GIF was intended to demonstrate green building in an array of project types; to highlight the most innovative, regionally appropriate practices and technologies; and to support publicly valuable green building projects.

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This month the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability held two public workshops discussing a proposed city requirement for energy performance reporting for commercial buildings. The policy, if enacted later this spring (est. April 2015), would require commercial buildings over 20,000 square feet to track energy performance using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, calculate an energy use intensity, ENERGY STAR score, and carbon emissions, and then report this information to the...

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Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, Chair of the House Environment Committee, is the prime sponsor of HB 1278 which strengthens the enforcement provisions in Washington State's energy performance disclosure statute, extends the requirement to multi-family buildings, and places obligations on the largest utilities in the state to periodically provide the previous 12 months of energy use and cost data on the customer's bill. The bill received its first hearing in Rep. Fitzgibbon's committee on January 22nd...

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At PSCCU, members are not only part owners of a financial cooperative, but they also help play a role in environmental sustainability, financial security for others, and job creation. The credit union offers all the financial products and management tools as other financial institutions, but they diversify themselves by combining helping the environment with providing their members with the best money-saving options.

One of the major ways they accomplish this is through their Energy...

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Hosted by NEEC, these informal after work get together, will feature drinks and light refreshments combined with networking opportunities amongst peers and to hear featured guests bringing news and insights affecting the industry. 

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Seattle Power Hours

Dates: February 18, April 29, June 25

Time: 530pm - 6:30pm

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The Department of Commerce announced over $8.6 million in Round Two energy efficiency and solar grant awards to five higher education institutions, 21 local governments, and two state agencies on December 12, 2014. Round Two produced an overwhelming response - 70 applications in all, requesting a total of nearly $22 million. The estimated total project costs for all awarded projects is about $30.5 million, including $21.8 million in non-state funds. In March 2014, 45 successful public...

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BPA announced earlier this month in the Federal Register the initial rate proposal and rate-setting proceeding that will ultimately set power, transmission and ancillary and control area service rates for the 2016-2017 fiscal years.

The full initial proposal contains supporting studies and documentation detailing an average power rate increase of 6.7 percent and an average transmission increase of 5.6 percent. BPA reached a proposed settlement on ancillary and control area service...

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Puget Sound Energy has announced changes to its 2015 business energy efficiency incentive programs and levels. For actions on or after January 1, 2015 note the following changes in this table provided by PSE.

 

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