Regional energy efficiency alliance outlines strategies for future market transformation efforts
PORTLAND, Ore. – January 21, 2019 - The Board of Directors of Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), a non-profit alliance of utilities and energy efficiency organizations, has approved plans for its next business cycle, beginning in 2020.
Working together, the alliance drives market adoption of natural gas and electric energy efficiency products, services and practices throughout the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The alliance operates on five-year cycles, and over the last two years conducted broad regional outreach to develop its 2020-2024 Business and Strategic Plans.
The Strategic Plan sets forth the alliance key strategies and stated purpose for the next five years: NEEA is an alliance of utilities that pools resources and shares risks to transform the market for energy efficiency to the benefit of consumers in the Northwest.
The Business Plan outlines how the alliance will deliver regional value, based on that purpose. To develop the Plan, the alliance took a fresh, bottoms up look at its portfolio to deliver the greatest regional value while addressing diverse regional needs and constraints. The five-year electric budget is $159.4M and the natural gas budget is $18.9M, with flexibility to add additional investment opportunities in the future. This is the alliance’s first plan that combines market transformation activities for both electric and natural gas efficiency.
In addition to the five-year plans, the Board reviews an annual Operations Plan which details program activities and budget for each calendar year.
“The alliance heard constructive feedback and guidance from a broad range of Northwest energy efficiency experts and advocates in creating its 2020 -2024 plans,” said NEEA’s executive director, Susan E. Stratton. “The Board expertly balanced this input to develop a clear path forward that represents the diverse and evolving needs of our region.”
NEEA's 20-member board led the development of the Plans. It consists of representatives from the Bonneville Power Administration, consumer- and investor-owned utilities and public interest and efficiency industry organizations. The board also includes a governor-appointed representative from each of the four Northwest states.
Since its formation in 1997, the alliance has cost-effectively realized more than 1,400 average Megawatts (aMW) of electric energy savings through market transformation. For more information on these market transformation efforts or to read the Plans, visit neea.org/plans.
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 natural 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 900,000 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