Energy efficiency is often called a no regrets investment, and today there remains growing recognition of energy efficiency’s role in a vibrant, sustainable future. The industry continues to quickly evolve with new technologies and priorities that embrace the full spectrum of efficiency benefits – energy savings, resilience, flexibility and more.
The alliance’s collective collaboration and innovation is leading this evolution of efficiency across the region, and across North America. The alliance works collaboratively to save energy, bring more efficient products to market faster, and create long-lasting changes to energy-efficient products, practices, and services. Together we have a greater impact than any one person or organization could accomplish alone.
In 2021, NEEA facilitated the formation of a new initiative, the Partnership for Advanced Window Solutions (PAWS). Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, the PAWS coalition seeks to accelerate the national availability and adoption of advanced and highly efficient windows and window attachments that improve occupants’ comfort and reduce building energy use.
Through it's leadership, the alliance is helping to promote cost-effective, high performance window solutions for new and existing building stock in the Northwest and across the nation. PAWS’ partners include utilities, national labs, window manufacturers, state agencies, regional energy efficiency organizations trade organizations and NGOs with a building efficiency mission.
NEEA’s Top Tier Trade Ally infrastructure program launched in 2014 and transitioned to the market in 2021. Designed in collaboration with regional utilities, the NXT Level training featured a carefully crafted curriculum and tiered delivery to remove a host of barriers—including location, availability and cost—that prevented Northwest lighting professionals from keeping up with the latest techniques and technologies.
Since then, more than 430 lighting professionals have received the NXT Level Training designation, differentiating themselves as top tier lighting experts in the market.
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, we can accomplish far more than we can alone.
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.
*Additive Energy Savings are defined as the sum of new first year savings occurring each year across multiple years.