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Efficiency Exchange Conference Highlights Energy Efficiency Innovations and Trends - Northwest collaborates on innovative approaches, industry best practices - 05/13/19

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho May 13, 2019 The Bonneville Power Administration and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, in partnership with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and utilities throughout the Northwest, are hosting the seventh annual Efficiency Exchange conference.

The region-wide event focuses on promoting innovation, discussing emerging trends and sharing new ideas on how energy efficiency programs can collaborate and adapt in a rapidly changing marketplace. This year’s event will be held at the Coeur d’Alene Resort on May 14-15, 2019.

“The region’s energy industry is evolving. Renewable resources, market changes, the political landscape and developments underway on the demand and retail side are all factors that are influencing our industry now and they will be in the years to come,” says Kim Thompson, BPA’s vice president of Energy Efficiency. “Efficiency Exchange, as the Northwest’s largest gathering of EE peers, experts and industry leaders, is a place to connect and collaborate with the very people who will help the region’s utilities and EE advocates navigate the changes that are upon us and those that are soon to come.”

This year’s conference kicks off with remarks from Elliot Mainzer, administrator of the Bonneville Power
Administration. Mainzer will speak to the role of energy efficiency and demand response in the Northwest’s rapidly changing energy landscape, and he will introduce keynote speaker Heather Rosentrater of Avista Corp. As vice president of Energy Delivery, Rosentrater is responsible for electric and natural gas engineering, operations and shared services such as fleet, facilities and supply chain. She will speak to Avista’s experience with dynamic demand side management in designing and operating grid-optimal buildings.

The second day of the conference will feature Leroy Chiao, a renowned American astronaut and international space station commander. Chiao helps organizations by sharing compelling insights on future technology trends and offers a perspective into space exploration and how lessons learned apply to businesses worldwide.

 “Efficiency Exchange is an important opportunity for the region to come together to share new insights and ideas that help develop and advance the next generation of energy efficiency,” said NEEA’s executive director, Susan E. Stratton.

In addition to the keynotes, energy efficiency experts from around and beyond the Northwest will present on a range of topics, such as energy benchmarking, smart thermostats, emerging technologies, and the time value of energy efficiency.

“The Efficiency Exchange plays such an important role in keeping our electricity reliable and low-cost,” said Jennifer Anders, chair of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

“Progress doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The conference is part of an ecosystem of information sharing that delivers tangible benefits. Since 1978, the region has saved enough energy to power two Seattles, lowering electricity bills by $5 billion dollars and reducing carbon emissions by 35 million tons.”

Between sessions, attendees can visit the Conduit Lounge and register, post and share information on Conduit, an online community that facilitates collaboration and coordination among energy efficiency professionals in the Northwest.

View the full agenda of the conference at

About the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)
BPA is a not-for-profit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal dams across the Northwest, operates three-quarters of the high-voltage transmission lines in the region and funds one of the largest fish and wildlife protection and restoration programs in the country. BPA and its partners pursue cost-effective energy savings in all sectors of the economy, and together they have saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities.

About the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is an alliance of more than 140 utilities and energy efficiency organizations working on behalf of more than 13 million energy consumers. NEEA is dedicated to accelerating both electric and natural gas energy efficiency, leveraging its regional partnerships to advance the adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices.

Since 1997, NEEA and its partners have saved enough energy to power more than 900,000 homes each year. As the second-largest resource in the Northwest, energy efficiency can offset most of our new demand for energy, saving money and keeping the Northwest a healthy and vibrant place to live.

About the Northwest Power and Conservation Council
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council is an agency of the four Northwest states of Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington. Under the Northwest Power Act of 1980, the Council develops a Northwest Power Plan to assure the region an adequate, efficient, economical, and reliable power supply while protecting, mitigating and enhancing fish and wildlife that have been affected by the construction and operation of hydropower dams in the Columbia River Basin. Through the power plan the Council sets strategies and establishes targets for energy efficiency in the region, and through the Regional Technical Forum ( the Council and other Forum partners work to verify that efficiency measures implemented by utilities produce real savings.

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