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Spring conference to feature panel on the needs and costs for new transmission

Please join us for the NW Clean & Affordable Energy Conference, May 29-30 in Boise. A panel of experts will address the needs and costs of the Boardman to Hemingway and Gateway West transmission lines. These high-voltage transmission lines currently slated for construction in Idaho aim to improve reliability, handle a higher load and incorporate additional renewable energy sources. Opponents question whether the lines are needed and if the costs are justifiable. This panel will address the needs and opportunity costs associated with the construction of these two transmission lines.

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NWEC spring conference to feature world-renown energy consultant Aimee Christensen

The CEO of Sun Valley, Idaho-based Christensen Global Strategies, Aimée Christensen has two decades’ experience in policy, law, investment and philanthropy with the U.S. Department of Energy, World Bank, Baker & McKenzie and others. She guided Google’s first climate and energy initiatives, negotiated the first bilateral climate change agreements and wrote the first university endowment investment policy on climate change (Stanford University, 1999).


NW Clean & Affordable Energy Conference draws largest-ever crowd; Coalition adds four new members

Attendees learned about influencing behavior to fulfill energy efficiency potential; discussed opportunities and challenges to cleanly replacing aging, dirty power sources, considered consumer protection and utility revenue concerns surrounding expanded solar and other distributed generation; and got up to speed on how changing the Columbia River Treaty could affect power generation and other river uses in the basin.

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Friends new and old support the Coalition at Founding the Future Gala

The NW Energy Coalition’s Founding the Future Gala looked back on the Coalition’s 33-year history through the eyes of several founding members and forward through the eyes of more recent clean energy leaders. It was also the occasion for honoring Patton’s 20-year legacy as executive director and celebrating longtime policy director Hirsh, who will move up to executive director when Patton moves on in January.

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NW Energy Coalition conference to feature consumer protection panel

Please join us for the NW Clean & Affordable Energy Conference Nov. 7-8 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Portland, Ore. Top energy experts from across the Northwest will address some of the region’s most pressing energy issues. The consumer protection at the grid edge panel will look at safeguarding home and business owners’ off-grid energy investments and preventing potential rate and bill increases for customers – especially low-income families – who remain on the grid.

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Join us for the NW Energy Coalition conference and gala!

Join us at the NW Clean & Affordable Energy Conference and the Founding the Future Gala Nov. 7-8 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Portland. The conference will address critical issues including the best ways to replace aging fossil-fuel generation, regulating off-grid energy services and the Columbia River Treaty’s effect on future hydro generation. At the gala, Clean energy supporters will enjoy a delicious plated dinner, drinks and great conversation while honoring the many Coalition founders and welcoming tomorrow’s leaders. Register today!


Pioneer energy efficiency data analyst Nancy Hersh to keynote Coalition conference Nov. 7 in Portland

The NW Energy Coalition is very excited to announce that Nancy Hersh, head of Opower’s analytics team, will keynote the Coalition’s Fall NW Clean & Affordable Energy Conference in Portland Nov. 7. A Coalition member organization, Opower is the global leader in developing software and analyzing data to support energy efficiency efforts.


Please join us for Founding the Future, a NW Energy Coalition Gala in Portland, Ore.

Join us on November 7 at Portland’s Crowne Plaza Hotel for our gala event, Founding the Future. Honor NW Energy Coalition founders and help build our region’s clean energy future. At the gala, clean energy leaders from across the Northwest will enjoy a delicious plated dinner, drinks and great conversation. We hope to raise a glass with you that evening.

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Smart Grid Northwest to host launch event and annual member meeting

Coalition member Smart Grid Northwest (formerly Smart Grid Oregon) is hosting a launch event in Portland on Thursday, July 24 featuring keynotes from Jon Wellinghoff (former FERC chairman, partner at Stoel Rives) and Elliot Mainzer (administrator & CEO, Bonneville Power Administration). Wellinghoff will share his vision for a smarter grid and energy future. Mainzer will provide insights into the region’s most pressing energy challenges and where grid advances will have the biggest impact.


4 Under Forty Honoree Bios

Four young leaders, in bringing the benefits of clean and affordable energy to all of us, will be feted at the NW Energy Coalition’s 2nd annual 4 Under Forty celebration the evening of June 12 at Seattle’s Bullitt Center. The honorees are Tara Anderson (Sustainable Works), Jessica Finn Coven (Climate Solutions), Benjamin Otto (Idaho Conservation League) and Gus Takala (Puget Sound Energy).