Posts Tagged ‘NEEA’

Social Energy

November 17th, 2011 by Jim Crowder

They said it couldn’t be done. But ConduitNW, an online watering hole for energy efficiency professionals, has nearly 1,000 members since launching in May of this year. As Sustainable Business Oregon reported last week:

Led by [Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance] NEEA in partnership with the Bonneville Power Administration, Conduit was built and will operate through 2014 on a $1.25 million budget, about $400,000 of that dedicated to development costs.

The BPA contributed a separate grant, in addition to the startup website’s group of utility funders, to get ConduitNW up and running. The two agencies have been working for the last two years on the project.

The new social media site – which is a mix of LinkedIn, Facebook Groups (from way back when?) and Google Docs – gained some social media cred recently when it stole what would have been serious Twitter thunder from this year’s Efficiency Connections Northwest 2011 held in Tacoma, WA.

This is what a futurist looks like.

[BTW: the conference featured David Zach (who’s job title is “Futurist.” WTF, what a great title. Apparently there are only a few on the planet). The other Keynote Speaker was L. Hunter Lovins, Author of Climate Capitalism: Capitalism in the Age of Climate Change.]

Though ConduitNW’s main target for the site is the 150 nationwide utilities working toward energy efficiency, it also attacts a number of contractors and “impementers,” according to NEEA’s online community manager, Ben Fowler. The site came out of a call for collaboration by utility execs to state govenors in 2008, according to a BPA public utilities specialist in energy efficiency.

At ConduitNW, you can catch up on industry news as well as upcoming energy-related and NEEA events. Browse by sector, function, topic or group, receive email notifications and share information with colleagues through document sharing.

And of course, upload a great profile pic.

Sidenote: Have you checked out “A Profitable and Resource-Efficient Future,” the new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) yet? The ever-vigilant EarthTechling picked it up and spit it back out to us this week:

According to to the report, commercial buildings are responsible for about 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and, in some countries, 70 percent of electrical consumption. Nearly one-half of all energy consumed by buildings could be avoided with new energy-efficient systems and equipment, and the energy savings would exceed the cost of upgrades, generally within five years or less, the report said.

Say Hello to My Little Friends

May 7th, 2010 by Jim Crowder

Alright, maybe a Scarface reference in the same post as the distinguished mentions in this roundup isn’t really appropriate for an energy efficiency blog. But hey, it’s Friday.

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance enjoyed the spotlight in the Pacific Northwest this week, having gathered a whole lot of money to renew their Commitment to Regional Energy Efficiency Efforts, namely saving the region 200 average megawatts (aMW) of power by 2014. Sponsors are a who’s who: everyone from the U.S. Department of Energy to Energy Trust of Oregon to public utilities providers in the four-state Northwest region. Oh, so THAT’s why they haven’t been returning my calls.

In other news, we’d like to give a shoutout to SNIPS for its valuable news updates, web exclusives and personable blogs. Full disclosure: they covered our NorthWrite partnership here.

And Sustainable Facility has asked The Building Advisor to do a few guest posts, which makes us feel like the not-obviously-beautiful-girl on the side who finally got asked to dance. Recently in the SF blogJack Pouchet broke down some infrastructure tightening moves, the last of which is “Improve the granularity of your monitoring.” Which reminds us, we have this other little friend, name of NorthWrite, which definitely allows us to improve the granularity of your monitoring. Did you hear about our recent partnership?

Building energy and operations industry giant Johnson Controls launched an Institute for Building Efficiency. Jennifer Layke has been named director of the institute; formerly, she was deputy director of the Climate and Energy Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI). The institute will create programs on marketplace research, expert networks, and a virtual resource center. Really cool examples of those resources here, and pictured. What won’t the Institute do? Lobby in congress.

And oh yeah, even though it was written by something of a competitor, you should read “5 Reasons You Need an Energy Efficiency System,” because it speaks the truth. Thanks to Area Development Online for posting such shameless propaganda for a good cause.

Images courtesy Johnson Controls, A High Latency Life, and S&E Blog.

Commercial Building Owners, Meet Your Contractors. Discuss.

April 26th, 2010 by Jim Crowder

Lately we’re thinking about how much increased energy efficiency in existing buildings depends on owners and managers coming together with their contractors.

Don’t get us wrong. We’re proud of the relationships we’ve cultivated with our HVAC contractor clients. Like the best relationships, they’re built on trust, communication, and delivering on expectations.

Now that we have a rapport with the mechanical contractors, engineers and consultants who use BuildingAdvice, The Building Advisor is envisioning a world in which those contractors have a forum to talk turkey with commercial building owners and managers.

It’s one thing to service a building, but what if owners could go to contractors with a new energy benchmarking product they’re interested in? What if owners were to ask their contractors, “How much money could I be saving with energy efficiency improvements, and where should I start?” What if contractors could proactively approach an ownership with some new ideas for saving money on bottom line operating costS?

Is this mythical place an online forum? A LinkedIn group? A live event? You tell us.

BetterBricks (@BetterBricks) seems to be on our wavelength. The commercial building initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is sponsoring an upcoming webinar, “Engaging Leadership on Cost-Saving Strategies for Energy Efficiency” in partnership with Practice Greenhealth. The latest installment in their Greening Operations Series, the webinar will be held on May 14 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm PST and will address energy management goals, costs, and building performance. Register here, or view BetterBricks’ event calendar.

Images courtesy McAzadi’s photostream on Flickr and the Newton High School Blog.