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Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA)

Portland, Oregon

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is a nonprofit organization supported by the Northwest's regional electric utilities. NEEA is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its promotion of energy-efficient products and services in the commercial market through its BetterBricks Initiative, and its sponsorship of the Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes Program. NEEA is receiving Sustained Excellence recognition for the first time this year. Key accomplishments include:

  • Partnering with the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) to train 84 Northwest building professionals on EPA's Portfolio Manager, Building Upgrade Value Calculator, and Guidelines for Energy Management in 2009, for a total of more than 1,000 professionals since 2007.
  • Helping more than 15 buildings earn the ENERGY STAR in 2009, for a total of nearly 55 since 2007.
  • Partnering with BOMA's Portland Showdown to benchmark 32 buildings representing over 11 million square feet in 2009, a 30% participation increase over 2008. 
  • Partnering with BOMA to benchmark 53 Seattle buildings representing over 18 million square feet of office space or 20% of the Puget Sound market. 
  • Benchmarking hospitals representing 25% of the region's beds using Portfolio Manager as a result of the NEEA's hospitals initiative.
  • Promoting EPA's Target Finder by training more than 40 Portland architects on the tool and recommending its use for AIA Portland's Committee on the Environment Award submissions, for which 50 projects used Target Finder to calculate carbon reductions.
  • Participating in the national 80 PLUS initiative to influence purchases of high-efficiency electronics, resulting in the sales of more than 7,000 ENERGY STAR 5.0 qualified power supply units, over 16,000 ENERGY STAR 4.0 qualified power supply units, and more than 16,400 80 PLUS qualified power supply units in 2009.
  • Supporting more than 460 active home builders across Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington through marketing materials and customized TV ads to increase awareness for ENERGY STAR new homes.
  • Developing a market-funded builder co-op model as a cost-effective tool to increase builders' advertising of ENERGY STAR homes, 38 co-op campaigns and marketing initiatives were conducted across 11 target geographic markets, leveraging $260,000 of consumer advertising funds to produce $1.8 million valued media.