Jeff Harris is the Director of Emerging Technologies for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), where he manages NEEA’s efforts to build a “pipeline” of commercially available energy efficiency technologies for the region. For more than 25 years, Jeff has been at the forefront of the Northwest’s energy efficiency work.
Jeff began his career working on energy efficiency R&D projects for Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) where he helped launch BPA's new residential construction program and corresponding energy codes effort. After joining the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC) in 1989, Jeff contributed to the Third and Fourth Power Plans for the region, and significantly influenced the creation and adoption of more simplified and stringent energy codes across Northwest. While “on loan” from NWPCC, he helped NEEA get off the ground in 1996, and then joined NEEA as a full-time staff member in 2001, managing NEEA’s new product development group. While at NEEA, Jeff has also played a key role in developing its commercial, residential and industrial sector market transformation strategies and evaluation methods. Over the span of his career, Jeff has also been a leading advocate for building operation efficiency and commissioning, helping found the Northwest Building Commissioning Collaborative, an organization that was a forerunner to the now named International Building Commissioning Association. Jeff also helped found and is on the Board of Directors of the New Buildings Institute (NBI), a non-profit organization which supports emerging technologies and improved codes and standards for commercial buildings. Jeff holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.
In his spare time, Jeff enjoys hiking and camping in the Pacific Northwest. Jeff is also an avid supporter of bike commuting and rides his bike to work rain or shine.