Northwest Celebrates the Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards

Northwest Celebrates the Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards

Region honors outstanding innovation, collaboration and lifetime achievement

Portland, Ore. –Today the Board of Directors of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) honored winners of the 2015 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards.

This is the inaugural year of these awards, which 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 panel of energy efficiency leaders from throughout the Northwest selected the winners:

Rich Arneson and Bruce Carter, who work in conservation at Tacoma Power, garnered the Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award for Innovation for their work with Habitat for Humanity and to improve energy codes in Washington State.

Jim West, assistant general manager at Snohomish County Public Utility Districtwon the Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award for Collaboration for serving as a model collaborator for energy efficiency for utilities throughout the region.

Tom Eckman, power planning director for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, won the Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award for Lifetime Achievement. Eckman has more than 30 years of experience in power planning and energy efficiency, including a lead role in developing all seven of the Northwest’s Power Plans.

“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. “These are exactly the types of leaders that we want to recognize moving forward.”

Greg Delwiche, deputy administrator of Bonneville Power Administration 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 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.