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NEEA Announces 2013 Board of Directors

Experienced energy efficiency leaders tapped to help guide regional collaboration

Today the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), a non-profit organization working to accelerate energy efficiency in the Northwest, announced its 2013 Board of Directors.

NEEA’s Board of Directors has elected Jim West to serve as Board Chair. West has served as the Assistant General Manager, Customer and Energy Services for Snohomish Public Utility District since February 2009, and most recently served as NEEA's Board Secretary. Other officers are listed below.

In addition, the board welcomed several new members to replace members whose terms were expiring. Incoming 2013 NEEA Board members include:

• Ted Coates, Superintendent/COO, Tacoma Power. Coates previously served on NEEA’s Board.

• Greg Delwiche, Senior Vice President of Power Services, Bonneville Power Administration.

• Roger Gray, General Manager, Eugene Water & Electric Board. Gray previously served on NEEA’s Board.

• Lisa Schwartz, Oregon Governor Representative, Director,
Oregon Department of Energy.

• Bob Stolarski, Director, Customer Energy Management, Puget Sound Energy (PSE). Stolarski replaces Cal Shirley as PSE’s Board member.

NEEA’s Board of Directors provides crucial leadership of this organization,” said Susan E. Stratton, NEEA’s executive director. “Their expertise in regional energy efficiency helps NEEA more effectively drive collaborative market transformation in the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. We’re looking forward to hearing the wise governance that our new and returning members will bring to the table.”

Outgoing Board members include Tom Karier, Council Member, Northwest Power and Conservation Council who acted as the Washington Governor Representative; Cal Shirley, Vice President, Customer Solutions, Puget Sound Energy; and Pat McGary, Director, Energy Resources, Clark Public Utilities. These members served a two-year term from 2010 to 2012.

“NEEA sincerely thanks Karier, Shirley and McGary for their dedication and leadership,” Stratton said. “We appreciate both the time and insights they devoted to NEEA, and to energy efficiency in the region.”

NEEA's 16-member Board consists of representatives from the Bonneville Power Administration, consumer- and investor-owned utilities, state government, public interest and efficiency industry organizations.

For 2013, the officers of NEEA's Board of Directors are as follows:

• Chair – Jim West, Assistant General Manager, Customer and Energy Services,  Snohomish Public Utility District

• Vice Chair – Deb Young, Program Consultant, NorthWestern Energy

• Secretary – Bruce Folsom, Director, Energy Efficiency, Avista Utilities

• Treasurer – Ed Brost, General Manager, Franklin County Public Utility District

• Ex Officio to Executive Committee – Margie Harris, Executive Director, Energy Trust of Oregon

Other members currently serving NEEA’s board include: Jim Baggs, Seattle City Light; Gregg Carrington, Chelan PUD; Theresa Drake, Idaho Power; Kim Drury, NW Energy Coalition; Pat Egan, Pacific Power; and Kathy Hadley, National Center for Appropriate Technology.

NEEA has scheduled 2013 Board meetings on the following dates:
• May 30 in Portland
• Aug. 26 in Spokane
• Dec 3 in Portland

NEEA's Board meetings are open to the public. The organization sends out public meeting announcements prior to each meeting. To receive these notifications, please subscribe to NEEA’s e-subscriptions at:

For more information on NEEA Board meetings or other NEEA events, visit NEEA’s calendar at:

About the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is a non-profit organization working to increase energy efficiency to meet our future energy needs. NEEA is supported by and works in collaboration with the Bonneville Power Administration, Energy Trust of Oregon and more than 100 Northwest utilities on behalf of more than 12 million energy consumers. NEEA uses the market power of the region to accelerate the innovation and adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices. Since 1997, NEEA and its partners have saved enough energy to power more than 600,000 homes each year. Energy efficiency can satisfy more than half of our new demand for energy, saving money and keeping the Northwest a healthy and vibrant place to live. For more information, visit