Jul 07, 2014

Regional alliance plans for next five years of market transformation in the Northwest

Regional alliance plans for next five years of market transformation in the Northwest

NEEA’s 2015-19 Strategic and Business Plans outline strategic markets and regional activities to accelerate energy efficiency in the region

Today the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), working on behalf of more than 140 Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations, released its 2015-19 Strategic and Business Plans.

The Strategic Plan sets forth NEEA’s strategic goals over the next five years: to fill the energy efficiency pipeline with new products, services, practices and approaches; and to create market conditions that will accelerate and sustain the market adoption of emerging energy efficiency products, services and practices.

These goals serve as the foundation for NEEA’s market transformation work in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Representing this four-state region, NEEA leverages the collective power of 13 million energy customers to advance the market for energy efficiency in the Northwest.

NEEA’s Business Plan outlines how the alliance will deliver regional value, by concentrating its activities in four strategic markets: consumer products; residential new construction; commercial new construction and commercial lighting.

NEEA will also deliver data services and regional building stock assessments, and continue to scan the market for and accelerate the development of new, emerging energy efficiency technologies. In addition, NEEA will continue working to increase stringency in codes and standards as the ultimate end goal to support long-term, sustained market transformation without continued investment.

“The NEEA Board’s approval of the 2015-2019 Strategic and Business Plans is a major milestone towards our shared vision for the next five years,” said Susan E. Stratton, NEEA’s executive director.  “This new chapter represents greater transparency and better regional coordination as we adapt to our stakeholders’ needs to deliver cost-effective energy efficiency for the good of the region.”

NEEA forecasts that the activities within the 2015-19 Business Plan will ultimately result in significant energy savings of at least 145 aMW of total regional energy savings by 2019, from an investment ranging from $145 to $169 million over five years.

NEEA’s Board of Directors, comprised of representatives from the Bonneville Power Administration, consumer- and investor-owned utilities, state government, public interest and efficiency industry organizations, approved the 2015-19 Strategic and Business Plans at a special session on June 20 in Seattle. The funding organizations will sign funding commitments prior to the launch of the next business cycle in January 2015.

The 2015-2019 Strategic and Business Plans are available online at neea.org

About the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is an alliance of more than 140 Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations working on behalf of more than 13 million energy consumers. NEEA leverages its strong regional partnerships to effect market transformation by accelerating the adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices. Since 1997, NEEA and its partners – including Avista Utilities, Bonneville Power Administration, Chelan County PUD, Clark Public Utilities, Cowlitz PUD, Eugene Water & Electric Board, Energy Trust of Oregon, Idaho Power, NorthWestern Energy, Pacific Power, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, Snohomish County Public Utilities,  and Tacoma Power – have saved enough energy to power more than 700,000 homes each year. Energy efficiency can offset most of our new demand for energy, saving money and keeping the Northwest a healthy and vibrant place to live. www.neea.org