The Northwest Energy Efficiency Taskforce was formed to bring together a group of high-level leaders to focus and improve the efficiency of electricity use throughout the Pacific Northwest.
A number of dramatic changes in the Northwest spurred this effort, including increasing concerns over climate change, growth in regional population paralleled by growing demand for energy, escalating costs for new power sources due to competition for raw materials and skilled labor along with state mandates to achieve increased levels of energy efficiency within specific deadlines.
The taskforce pulled together innovative ideas from successful energy efficiency programs and explored how, through regional collaboration, energy efficiency can be delivered more efficiently.
Status of Priority Action Items (as of June 2010)
- Action 1: RTF Evaluation
- Action 2: Data Needs
- Action 3: Emerging Technologies
- Action 4: Energy Efficiency Forum and Coordinated Strategic Planning for High Impact Energy Efficiency Initiatives
- Action 5: Marketing
- Actions 6 & 7: Energy Efficiency Workforce Development Assessment and Curriculum Coordination
- Action 8: Cost-effectiveness Manual
- Action 9: Smart Grid, Load Management, and Voltage Optimization
- Action 10: Decoupling
Note: Contextual dialogue related to the above (linked) presentations can be found in the minutes from the June 17, 2010 NEET Executive Committee Meeting.