NEEA 2017 Annual Report

Working together, Northwest utilities and efficiency organizations delivered market transformation progress through partnership in 2017.
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    Letter To The Region

    I am so pleased to share NEEA’s 2017 Annual Report: Progress through Partnership. Four years ago, NEEA’s Board created a five year (2015-2019) Business Plan based on the region's collective vision for Northwest market transformation. Looking back over the alliance’s 2017 accomplishments, it’s clear that this vision is becoming a reality.

    Susan E. Stratton
    Executive Director

    2017 Portfolio Highlights

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      Energy efficiency is critical to Montana’s energy future and that of the entire region. By working together to drive innovation and remove barriers to energy efficiency, Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations are moving us all toward a more sustainable and prosperous future.
      - Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana

      2017 Success Stories

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        Helping Customers Make Informed Decisions

        In 2017, regional lighting managers partnered to create a user-friendly tool to help commercial and industrial customers get the most out of their lighting retrofit projects. Watch the video to hear how regional collaboration is benefiting Northwest customers. 

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          Regional Emerging Technology Coordination

          In 2017, the Regional Emerging Technology Advisory Committee created the Northwest's first shared emerging technology database. Developed by NEEA staff, the database houses information about regional emerging technology products and projects and will increase coordination and optimize regional investment in emerging technologies. 

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          Super-Efficient Dryers

          Clothes dryers use more electricity than almost any other household appliance. In 2017, the alliance partnered with ENERGY STAR and dryer manufacturers to increase awareness and availability of super-efficient heat pump dryers to Northwest consumers. 

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          Luminaire Level Lighting Controls

          Luminaire Level Lighting Controls combine LEDs with integrated controls and sensors to deliver significant energy savings. Northwest utilities and efficiency organizations are working together to bring these advanced lighting solutions to Northwest customers. 

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          Natural Gas Market Transformation

          NEEA’s Natural Gas Collaborative works with technology developers, manufacturers, trade associations, and others to accelerate the development of efficient natural gas technologies for the benefit of Northwest consumers. 

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          Residential Building Stock Assessment

          The Residential Building Stock Assessment (RBSA) is a broad regional study that provides vital information about energy use in single-family, multi-family and manufactured homes across the Northwest. RBSA data supports utility staff in planning, managing and measuring efficiency programs.

          Everyone in our industry understands the need for higher efficiency water heater technology, but we simply wouldn’t be this far ahead with product development without the support of NEEA and Northwest utilities.


          2017 Impacts and Investments

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            NEEA estimates that alliance market transformation activities delivered 41 average megawatts (aMW) of energy savings in 2017. Almost three quarters of these savings are associated with alliance-funded activities during previous business cycles.

            Co-created energy savings are those that the region and local programs deliver above an established baseline 

            1 aMW = enough energy to power about 730 Northwest homes per year

            Co-Created Energy Savings by Sector 
            All Investments

            23.1 aMW

            23.1 aMW

            Codes and Standards (All Sectors)

            12.7 aMW

            12.7 aMW


            1.5 aMW

            1.5 aMW


            3.6 aMW

            3.6 aMW

            Industrial and Agriculture

            Progress to Five-Year Goals
            All Investments
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            Progress to Ten-Year Goals
            All Investments
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            20 Year Levelized Cost

            Current Portfolio = 2.9 cents/kWh

            Regional Peak Demand Savings: 

            75 MW (winter)
            55 MW (summer)

            Avoided CO2 Emissions: 

            183,322 tons/yr

            Cumulative Co-Created Savings (aMW): 1997–2017

            Working together, the region has delivered
            more than 730 average megawatts (aMW) of co-created energy savings since 1997
            – enough energy to power more than 500,000 Northwest homes.
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            2017 Expenses

            $20.5 Million

            $20.5 Million

            Market Strategy and Execution

            $7.5 Million

            $7.5 Million

            Planning, Evaluation, and Technology

            $4.0 Million

            $4.0 Million


            $2.0 Million

            $2.0 Million

            Stakeholder Engagement and Communications

            $2.3 Million

            $2.3 Million

            Natural Gas

            Balance Sheet

            As of December 31. 2017 (in $1,000s)

            Cash and cash equivalents $13,289,648
            Funder and other receivables $166,195
            Prepaid expenses $452,106
            Property and equipment $702,643
            Total Assets $14,610,592
            Liabilities and net assets
            Accounts payable and other liabilities $4,879,836
            Advances from funders $8,141,107
            Total liabilities $13,020,943
            Net Assets
            Unrestricted $1,518,272
            Temporarily restricted $71,377
            Total Net Assets $1,589,649
            Total Liabilities and Net Assets $14,610,592

            Statement of Activities

            Year ending December 31. 2017 (in $1,000s)

            Electric contributions $33,295,471
            Natural Gas contributions $2,296,311
            Special fund contributions $605,374
            Interest and other income $211,833
            Total Revenue $36,408,989
            Compensation and benefits $11,487,697
            General administration $3,023,477
            Direct project costs $21,852,241
            Total Expenses $36,363,385
            Change in net assets $45,604

            NEEA Board of Directors

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