Markets Month: Part 1

Welcome to Markets Month! Over the course of the next month or so we’ll be publishing a multipart series about electricity markets in the Northwest. We hope to cover the basics and keep you up to date on the processes occurring in the region to develop an integrated western electricity market system.  Part 1: What…

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May 2022 Newsletter: Clean Codes, TYFYS, and more

Featured Clean codes for buildings pass in Washington! On Earth Day, April 22, the Washington State Building Code Council passed several commercial energy code updates that will reduce carbon pollution from new commercial and large multifamily (four floors and higher) buildings throughout the state. The changes include improvements in building envelope energy efficiency, the addition of more renewable energy…

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April 2022 Newsletter: Creating Clean Buildings in the NW

This is the first installment of a monthly newsletter from us at the NW Energy Coalition. We hope to bring you timely, relevant updates and opportunities in a format that is quickly read and easily digestible. If you have ideas for how we can improve our newsletter, please email Chris Connolly at ch***@nw******.org. Enjoy! Featured…

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Addressing the Lower Snake River Dams’ Peaking Capacity

The Coalition released a short paper addressing the lower Snake River dams’ sustained peaking capacity. The paper analyzes operational data of the four federally-owned lower Snake River dams in Eastern Washington to determine how much the dams contribute to sustained peaking capacity for Bonneville Power Administration customers. The paper’s high-level look at the operational data shows…

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Washington’s 2022 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Every year, the Washington State Legislature gathers in Olympia, WA to craft, debate, and pass legislation that will be sent to the Governor and, if signed into law, will impact their constituents for years to come. The 2022 session recently ended on March 10. In this year’s session, the NW Energy Coalition worked hard to…

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Opportunities to Act for a Strong Washington State Energy Code

As we tackle the biggest issue of this generation – the climate crisis – we also have an opportunity to recreate a society that is cleaner, healthier, more equitable, and more affordable. The buildings we sleep, cook, relax, work, create, and socialize in are just one area that is undergoing a transformation. Every time we…

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Smart Planning Will Drive Replacing the Power from Lower Snake River Dams

The Coalition released a white paper addressing the replacement of energy services from the lower Snake River dams. The paper examines the power system planning that utilities do regularly in the context of the lower Snake River dams power replacement discussion. The power system plans for retirement of generating resources all the time and regularly issues…

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Northwest Power and Conservation Council Approves 2021 Power Plan

The 2021 Power Plan was unanimously approved today by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. The 2021 Power Plan will help determine how much clean energy and energy efficiency the Northwest will use by providing a blueprint for power system decisions throughout the region. It comes at a critical time, when the Northwest needs to replace…

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Fall 2021 Newsletter

Regional Updates  NW Power and Conservation Council  The draft of the NW Power Council’s 2021 Regional Power Plan was released at the end of September. The Coalition has been deeply involved in the plan development. We encourage the Council to adopt a more balanced strategy that better reflects the role of energy efficiency in the clean…

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