Northwest Sees Strong Energy Efficiency Performance in 2018

NEEA’s Annual Report highlights role of collaboration, innovation in accelerating energy efficiency

Portland, Ore. – June 26, 2019 – 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 2018 Annual Report.

The next generation of cost-effective, energy efficient innovation depends on collaboration. When Northwest states work together, our energy organizations excel and clear a path to a more sustainable energy future that spurs job creation and drives the economy.

- Idaho Governor Brad Little

NEEA’s annual report highlights regional accomplishments and results over the past year. Working together, the alliance accelerated the development of more than a dozen energy-efficient products, services and practices, advanced building energy codes, and increased the region’s flexibility and adaptability to a shifting energy efficiency landscape. In 2018, the alliance:

  • Reached a breakthrough in the commercial HVAC market after more than a decade of searching for an innovative approach to reducing commercial building energy use in the Northwest;

  • Achieved important progress in efforts to influence widespread commercial building efficiency through collaborative program alignment and code enhancement efforts;

  • Developed innovative solutions to inform smarter lighting program design using region-wide collaborative relationships and rich, timely data; and

  • Advanced a long-term market transformation effort for gas heat pump technology in the Northwest to realize substantial gas-savings potential.

“Regional collaboration is absolutely critical to meeting the Northwest’s growing energy demands through efficiency,” said Susan Stratton, NEEA’s executive director. “In 2018, our alliance made great strides in innovations that prepare the region for a more efficient, resilient energy future on behalf of all Northwest customers.”

The alliance’s 2018 Annual Report is available to the public online 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.