Welcome to a conversation with Geoff Wickes, Jeff Harris, Conrad Eustis, and Tony Koch about how grid-integrated water heaters and other customer-side technologies can contribute to electric system efficiency and reduce the need for additional generations resources. The session runs about 90 minutes. It was recorded on July 1st, 2020. The moderator is Fred Heutte, […]
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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Webinar Series takes on pressing topics facing energy professionals, with new experts leading the conversations on proven best practices, cost-effective strategies, and innovative new ways to approach sustainability and energy performance. The webinars are frequent, free, and informative. See the FAQs. SCHEDULED 2020 SUMMER WEBINARS: BEHIND-THE-METER DISTRIBUTED […]
(Earlier today, NW Energy Coalition executive director Nancy Hirsh sent the following letter to the Coalition’s members.) Dear NW Energy Coalition members, I was concerned that Mr. Floyd’s senseless death, and all those before him, would get swept under the rug yet again. Now we see a massive collective response to systemic racism and the […]
To help Americans and businesses cope with the economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis, the federal government is considering targeted investments into the US economy. In the immediate future, more funds need to be invested in bill assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help utility customers with growing unpaid balances. In […]
May 2020 Northwest Energy Update NW Utilities’ COVID-19 Response The Coalition’s effort to persuade utilities to suspend service shut-offs during the coronavirus crisis has been quite successful, especially among the region’s largest utilities many of which are also increasing support for bill assistance and reconnecting those whose service may have been shut off before the […]
MEMBER MEETING SUMMARY May 7, 2020 Organizational Update Executive director, Nancy Hirsh, reported that the Coalition is financially stable for the near and mid-term, but that given long-term unknowns is being cautious with its finances. Recently, the GiveBig campaign exceeded fundraising goals bringing in just over $14,000. This summer the Coalition will begin development of its next […]
As the Northwest electric system transitions away from fossil fuel resources, many are asking how utilities plan to meet future power needs. On May 7, 2020, the NW Energy Coalition hosted a webinar exploring that question and others. The webinar was moderated by Coalition Senior Policy Associate, Fred Heutte. Joining him on the panel were […]
The following press release was issued earlier today by the Sierra Club. Coalition calls for WA to protect low-income utility users during COVID fallout Wednesday, April 29, 2020 Contact: Robin Everett, Senior Organizing Manager – Sierra Club, 206-713-5474 Wendy Gerlitz, Policy Director – Northwest Energy Coalition, 503-449-0009 Katrina Peterson, Climate Justice Program Manager – Puget […]
What Is the Road Ahead for Electric Car Sales? May 19th 10AM to 11AM Speakers will highlight the impact COVID-19 and provide strategies to continue to accelerate transportation electrification. Sales of traditional new cars were already showing signs of weakness as much of the world reached “peak car” this year. But the coronavirus and the resulting economic […]
Transportation Electrification, Infrastructure, and Stimulus May 12th 10AM to 11AM As discussions in Washington DC turn to a long-term economic recovery, prospects for a substantial infrastructure bill that can also stimulate that recovery seem better than ever. What should that bill do to advance transportation electrification? What lessons can be learned from past programs, including […]