Northwest Celebrates the 2022 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards

December 5, 2022 - Portland, Ore. – Today, the Board of Directors of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) honored the winners of the 2022 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards.

The alliance recognized standout teams and individuals in both electric and natural gas efficiency for outstanding collaboration, innovative solutions, and career-long contributions to advancing energy efficiency in the Northwest. New to the awards this year was the Rising Star category, recognizing an emerging leader in energy efficiency. The alliance also presented two Chairperson's Awards, in recognition of individual dedication and effective, long-term commitment to advancing the alliance's work.

"Across the country, energy efficiency is having a bit of a moment, but in the Northwest, we've prioritized efficiency for 25 years," stated Susan E. Stratton, executive director of NEEA. "The alliance's annual Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards recognizes the visionary commitment of Northwest utilities and industry professionals to take action and make a positive difference on the region's future."

The 2022 Leadership in Energy Efficiency winners include:

  • Reilly Loveland Falvey of the New Buildings Institute was recognized with the Leadership in Energy Efficiency Rising Star Award for her tremendous efforts to transform educational facilities across California, Oregon, and Washington into healthy, energy-efficient spaces.
  • The Bridger View Market Research Project Team was awarded the Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award for Innovative Collaboration. The collaborative partnership including NorthWestern Energy, the City of Bozeman, Montana, Navigate, LLC and NEEA was recognized for collaborating on a research project to maximize learnings from a high efficiency residential development in Bozeman, Montana.
  • Don Jones, Jr. of PacifiCorp was honored with the Tom Eckman Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award for Lifetime Achievement. With more than three decades of experience, Jones invested much of his time and energy to advancing energy efficiency in the Northwest.
  • Deb Young of NorthWestern Energy was recognized with the 2022 Chairperson's Award. Young served the NEEA's Board from 1997 until her retirement from NorthWestern Energy in September 2022.

"Over the last two plus decades, Deb has been an advocate of the alliance ensuring that rural markets and Montana realize the value of Market Transformation initiatives," stated Stratton. "Energy efficiency in Montana and the Northwest would not be where it is today without Deb Young's commitment and expertise."

Susan Stratton of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance was also recognized with a 2022 Chairperson's Award. Stratton has served as NEEA's Executive Director since 2012 and is retiring from her role in January 2023. Learn more about the nominees and winners


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 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 energy equivalent to powering more than 640,000 homes each year. As the second-largest resource in the Northwest, energy efficiency can help offset most of the region’s new demand for energy, saving money and keeping the Northwest a healthy and vibrant place to live. To learn more about NEEA’s 25-year history of successful market transformation, visit or watch the video.

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Carolyn VanWinkle, NEEA