NEEA Releases its 2019 Annual Report

NEEA’s 2019 Annual Report recognizes the successful completion of its 2015-2019 Business Plan; highlights the role of partnership in achieving energy efficiency Market Transformation.

Portland, Ore. – June 25, 2020 – On behalf of more than 140 Northwest utilities, the Bonneville Power Administration and the Energy Trust of Oregon, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) has released its 2019 Annual Report.

“Energy efficiency is an economic driver in our region and is important now more than ever. Energy efficiency saves money, creates family-waged jobs, and is the cornerstone of a low-carbon economic development strategy. Those who work in Oregon’s energy efficiency industry are critical to ensuring we have an affordable and resilient energy system that is robust for our future,” stated Oregon Governor Kate Brown in the report. “Thank you to the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance for its leadership in advancing energy efficiency in Oregon and across the Northwest.”

NEEA’s annual report highlights accomplishments and results delivered through its Cycle 5 Business Plan (2015 to 2019). During this business plan, the alliance:

  • Filled the region’s energy efficiency pipeline by testing and vetting dozens of new opportunities and identifying 500 aMW of long-term technical savings potential for the region;
  • Increased Northwest influence on consumer products markets by expanding the ENERGY STAR Retail Products Platform (ESRRP) to participants representing more than 15% of U.S. households and 75% of U.S. appliance sales;
  • Drove water heater product innovation by developing more efficient manufacturer specifications for both electric and natural gas-fueled heat pump water heaters;
  • Accelerated natural gas product development by testing and vetting more than 40 technologies and joining forces with national partners to launch a North American field demonstration for gas heat pump technologies;
  • Influenced the advancement of progressively effective building energy codes and equipment standards, providing research, technical support and training;
  • Coordinated the first region-wide end-use load study in 30 years to gather critical data on Northwest residential and commercial energy use; 
  • Launched the first 5-year plan for natural gas market transformation and reported the first natural gas energy savings, totaling 240,000 therms; and,
  • Delivered 42 aMW of Co-Created energy savings to the region in 2019 and a total of 219 aMW in the business cycle – enough energy to power more than 160,000 Northwest homes for one year.

“Energy efficiency plays a crucial role in supporting the region’s evolving energy needs,” said Susan Stratton, NEEA’s executive director. “By pooling resources, creating economies of scale and leveraging the market power of the region, Northwest utilities and efficiency organizations have delivered permanent energy efficiency gains over the past five years.”

The alliance’s 2019 Annual Report is available at

About the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

The 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 620,000 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.