Northwest Celebrates the Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards

Industry honors peers for outstanding achievement in their field

Portland, Ore. –Today the Board of Directors of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) honored winners of the 2017 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards.

These awards recognize outstanding achievement in collaboration, innovative solutions and achievement that have significantly contributed to greater 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:

Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg of the University of Oregon’s Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory, garnered the Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award for Innovation. Since 2000, Van Den Wymelenberg has consulted on hundreds of new construction and renovation projects with architects and engineers regarding energy efficiency with an emphasis on passive and integrated design strategies.

Pacific Power and Energy Trust of Oregon won the Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award for Collaboration for their Targeted Community Pilot. Through this collaborative, two-year pilot, these organizations seek to identify and implement existing energy efficiency improvements that can be deployed in a short timeframe in targeted communities, evaluate the impact of energy efficiency improvements in reducing energy consumption at peak energy use times, and measure the impact.

Graham Parker of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)won the Tom Eckman Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his more than 40 year-career in energy efficiency, in both the Northwest and beyond. Margie Harris, who presented the award to Parker, received the achievement award last year as the outgoing executive director of Energy Trust of Oregon.

“We are fortunate to have such experienced leadership that brings innovation and collaboration to our alliance. Their dedication makes a huge contribution to energy efficiency in the Northwest,” stated Susan E. Stratton, NEEA’s executive director. “As we celebrate twenty years of working an as alliance, these are exactly the types of leaders who will move our region forward.”

John Francisco, chief of Energy Resource for Inland Power & Light 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 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.


Media Contact: 

Veronica Marzilli, NEEA