I am so pleased to share NEEA’s 2017 Annual Report: Progress through Partnership. Four years ago, NEEA’s Board of Directors 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 is clear that this vision is becoming a reality.
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.
In 2017, Northwest utilities and efficiency organizations partnered to help commercial and industrial customers get the most out of their lighting retrofit projects.
Collaborating to identify and advance emerging technologies helps us avoid duplication of efforts, while concentrating regional resources on priority technologies. It’s a win-win…we’re meeting the needs of the region’s electrical system and driving economic development, while at the same time bringing the best value to our customers.
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 customers.
Clothes dryers use more electricity than almost any other household appliance. In 2017, the alliance partnered with ENERGY STAR® and manufacturer Whirlpool to help Northwest consumers save energy by choosing super-efficient heat pump dryers.
NEEA’s Natural Gas Collaborative worked with manufacturers, technology developers, trade associations, and others to accelerate the development of efficient natural gas water heaters in 2017.
The Residential Building Stock Assessment is a broad regional study that provides vital information about energy use in single-family, multi-family and manufactured homes across the Northwest. Among other things, the data supports utility staff in planning, managing and measuring efficiency programs.
By investing in, developing, and validating emerging energy-efficient technologies, the alliance is working to ensure that new technologies perform well and save energy for Northwest consumers, while decreasing risks for the region.
Everyone in our industry understands the need for higher efficiency water heater technology, but we wouldn’t be this far ahead with product development without the support of NEEA and Northwest utilities.
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