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NEEA Announces 2014-15 Board of Directors

Experienced energy efficiency leaders tapped to help guide regional alliance

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), a non-profit alliance of utilities and energy efficiency organizations working to accelerate energy efficiency in the Northwest, announced its 2014-15 Board of Directors.

NEEA’s Board of Directors has elected Greg Delwiche, Deputy Administrator of Bonneville Power Administration, to serve as Board Chair.

In 2014, NEEA’s Board changed its bylaws, expanding to include a representative from each of NEEA’s funders; adding two Governor-recommended seats to represent all four Northwest states; and extending the terms of officers and the public interest representative.

NEEA’s Board approved these changes to increase state and funder representation, as well as to promote transparency, continuity and effectiveness. The governance changes reflect feedback that NEEA received during its 2015-2019 Business Plan stakeholder outreach process. 

In addition, the Board welcomed several new members to replace those whose terms were expiring. Incoming 2014-15 NEEA Board members include:

  • Kevin Christie – Vice President for Customer Solutions, Avista Utilities
  • Andrew Grassell Manager, Energy Development and Conservation, Chelan Public Utility District
  • Tom Karier – Washington Governor's Representative,Council Member, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
  • Garrett Martin – Montana Governor's Representative, Energy Planning & Renewables, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
  • Mike McClenahan – Director, Power Management, Grant County Public Utility District

“NEEA’s Board of Directors provides crucial leadership of this organization,” said NEEA’s Executive Director, Susan E. Stratton. “Our Board members’ expertise in regional energy efficiency helps NEEA more effectively drive collaborative market transformation throughout the Northwest. As we move ahead into our new business cycle, we’re looking forward to their guidance and direction.”

NEEA's 20-member Board consists of representatives from the Bonneville Power Administration, consumer- and investor-owned utilities, state government, and public interest and efficiency industry organizations.   

Other members currently serving on NEEA’s Board include Jeff Bumgarner, PacifiCorp; John Chatburn, Idaho Governor's Office of Energy Resources; Greg Delwiche, Bonneville Power Administration; Theresa Drake, Idaho Power; Jason Eisdorfer, Oregon Public Utility Commission; John Francisco, Inland Power; Margie Harris, Energy Trust of Oregon; Bob Jenks, Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon (CUB); Michael D. Jones, Seattle City Light; Pat McGary, Clark Public Utilities; Don McMaster, Cowlitz County Public Utility District; Chris Robinson, Tacoma Power; Bob Stolarski, Puget Sound Energy;  Jim West, Snohomish Public Utility District and Deb Young, NorthWestern Energy.

NEEA has scheduled 2015 Board meetings on the following dates:

  • Feb 24 in Tacoma
  • June 2 in Portland
  • Aug 24 in Boise 
  • Dec 3 in Portland

NEEA's Board meetings are open to the public. The organization sends out public meeting announcements prior to each meeting.  All meeting materials are available on the day of the event on the neea.org calendar.  To receive these meeting notices, please subscribe to NEEA’s e-subscriptions at: http://neea.org/connect.

For more information on NEEA Board meetings or other NEEA events, visit NEEA’s calendar at: http://neea.org/get-involved/calendar.

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Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is an alliance of more than 140 utilities and energy efficiency organizations working on behalf of more than 13 million energy consumers. NEEA is dedicated to accelerating both electric and gas energy efficiency, leveraging its regional partnerships to advance the adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices.

Since 1997, NEEA and its partners have saved enough energy to power more than 700,000 homes each year. As the second largest resource in the Northwest, energy efficiency can offset most of our new demand for energy, saving money and keeping the Northwest a healthy and vibrant place to live. www.neea.org