Northwest Celebrates the 2018 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards

December 4, 2018 – Portland, Ore.  -Today the Board of Directors of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) honored winners of the 2018 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards.      

These awards recognize individuals and teams for their outstanding collaboration, innovative solutions and significant contributions to advancing energy efficiency in the Northwest.  

The regional energy efficiency community participated in nominations, and a select panel of Northwest energy and utility leaders selected the winners:

The Commercial + Industrial Lighting Regional Strategy Pricing Data User Group was recognized with the Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award for Innovation. This team collaborated to create an interactive dashboard to give utility planners, program managers and implementers access to effectively real-time pricing data for commercial lighting products. The new pricing data dashboard has been welcomed enthusiastically by program teams and is already being used to inform the region’s lighting programs.

The eight contributors to this group are: Jessica Aiona, Bonneville Power Administration; Mike Bailey, Energy Trust of Oregon; Christian Douglass, Ptarmigan Consulting; Debbie Driscoll, NEEA; Tom Lienhard, Avista; Harvey Mathews, NEEA; Elaine Miller, NEEA; and Kenji Spielman, Energy Trust of Oregon.

The Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award for Collaboration was awarded to Conrad Eustis, Portland General Electric; Tony Koch, Bonneville Power Administration; and Geoff Wickes, NEEA. This team demonstrated a new type of communication port called “CTA 2045” that is being built into appliances to enable utilities to send signals directly to the appliance to support utility needs, such as energy efficiency and flexible grid operations.

“Mark Gosvener is an outstanding choice for the Lifetime Achievement award. Among many things, ESG served over 6,000 customers in 2017 who likely would not have been served if it weren’t for Mark’s - and the ESG team’s – desire to serve utilities of all sizes.” - Michael Shepard, CEO of ESG’s parent company, Ruralite Services

- Mark Gosvener

Mark Gosvener of Efficiency Services Group (ESG) was honored with the Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his 35 year-career spent in the development, implementation and administration of resource efficiency programs for residential and commercial markets.  Graham Parker, who presented the award to Gosvener, received the achievement award last year in recognition of his distinguished career at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).  

“Collaboration and innovation are at the heart of the alliance’s work to advance energy efficiency in the region,” stated Susan E. Stratton, NEEA’s executive director. “These award winners exemplify the leadership in energy efficiency that the Northwest is known for.”  

Andrew Grassell, manager of energy development and conservation for Chelan Public Utility District and chair of NEEA’s board of directors emceed this year’s event, held in downtown Portland in conjunction with NEEA’s Annual Board Meeting.    


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.

Ruralite Services is a full-service communications cooperative serving electric utilities across the U.S. Since 1954 we have been a trusted solutions partner—now in 20 states—we offer customizable printed and digital magazines, and much more. From building websites and providing social media support to offering design, print and delivery of special reports, calendars, directories, bill inserts, ballots, posters. For us, success is when your member customers give your cooperative or utility all the credit for materials we helped create.

In addition Ruralite Services offers: energy efficiency services through a subsidiary, Efficiency Services Group; subscription-based newsletters that are a source of news and intelligence for the western U.S. and Canada on energy policy, market news, and resource development through a subsidiary, NewsData, LLC; and utility parts distribution and advanced technical services through its majority ownership of General Pacific.  

Media Contact:

Veronica Marzilli, NEEA