NW Clean & Affordable Energy Conference, Nov. 7 in Portland

Friday, October 31st, 2014
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Top energy experts from across the region will address critical current energy questions at the NW Clean & Affordable Energy Conference, beginning Friday, Nov. 7, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Portland. Opower’s Nancy Hersh will address behavioral energy efficiency and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer to welcome attendees. Expert panels will tackle coal replacement, Columbia River Treaty changes and consumer issues with off-grid power.



Gov. Inslee proclaims October 30 Weatherization Day in Washington State

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
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Washington’s Weatherization Assistance Program will help many households make it through the cold weather season – and the years ahead – by adding insulation, sealing cracks, and making other improvements that reduce heat loss and save money on energy bills. The program is funded through a partnership of the U.S. Department of Energy, the Bonneville Power Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington State, and private and public utilities.



NW Energy Coalition conference to feature consumer protection panel

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
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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.



Grist article: How one building is changing the world

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
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The Bullitt Center in Seattle was designed to be the greenest commercial building in the world in 2012. Due to strict guidelines prohibiting the use of toxic chemicals in its construction, safer building materials were innovated to meet the Bullitt Center’s needs. The company Building Envelope Innovation replaced toxic phthalates in its sealants and coatings with non-toxic ingredients. The change will benefit the company’s employees who regularly handle the products.



NWEC policy director Nancy Hirsh addresses B.C. – U.S. issues

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
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NW Energy Coalition policy director and executive director-designee Nancy Hirsh was the invited speaker at the Pacific Energy Innovation Association breakfast meeting in Vancouver, B.C., on Oct. 1. The object was sharing perspectives on energy issues of cross-border importance. Thus, her address covered such topics as EPA’s proposed Clean Power Rule, the Columbia River Treaty, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s upcoming 7th regional plan, and the Pacific Coast Collaborative’s energy efficiency platform.