Twenty-five years ago, the energy efficiency community in Idaho, Montana, Washington and Oregon created the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) based on a shared belief that together, the region could accomplish far more than it could alone. This past year has emphasized the importance of this unique, collaborative approach. Although the impacts of COVID-19 have reverberated throughout the country, the alliance has adapted to continue to pioneer the transformation of the Northwest’s energy market toward greater efficiency despite market disruptions and health challenges.
2020 marked a year of change that profoundly impacted the industry and energy efficiency in the region. Yet through this challenging and difficult year, the alliance remained committed to its purpose: to pool resources and share risks to transform the market for energy efficiency to the benefit of consumers in the Northwest.
Energy efficiency is a key pillar in Washington’s plan for a cleaner energy future. Not only does energy efficiency save money, it ensures a robust, resilient and equitable energy system. Thank you to the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance for serving as a guiding force for the region and helping to provide affordable energy-efficient products, services and practices to the Northwest and beyond.
Flexible Strength in the Face of Uncertainty - Despite the pandemic’s overwhelming impact on the retail world, the ENERGY STAR Retail Products Platform's (ESRPP) strong partnerships and inherent flexibility helped the program grow stronger in 2020. In addition to accessing incredibly timely online sales data for the first time, ESRPP welcomed two new utility partners to the national, giving the Northwest increased scale and influence on consumer products market.
A Dual-Fuel Approach to Market Transformation - Recognized as a national leader in water-heating Market Transformation, the alliance has blazed the trail for any utility looking to use efficient water heaters to achieve energy efficiency or carbon reduction goals. And now, building on the relationships and lessons learned at the forefront of electric hybrid technology, the alliance is opening the door for gas heat pump water heaters to enter the market with considerable momentum.
Setting a Market Transformation Standard - For more than fifteen years, the Ductless Heat Pump (DHP) program has proven the flexibility and staying power of the alliance’s Market Transformation efforts. Thanks to an adaptive, explorative and collaborative effort, DHPs are expected to have a lasting foothold in the Northwest, with an opportunity to serve a wide variety of customers, including low-income and manufactured homes.
The alliance’s natural gas portfolio is still in early development and several potential savings streams are not yet accounted for.
Co-Created - or shared - energy savings include all savings above the baseline that occur in the market due to the combined efforts of NEEA and its partners.
1 aMW = enough energy to power about 730 Northwest homes per year
Total Regional Savings include all savings calculated above the pre-intervention market starting point due to the combined efforts of NEEA and its partners.