Our Ask of Your Organization and Next Steps
NEEA requests feedback from the Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Funder Working Group about moving forward with the partners mentioned below. If the group approves, NEEA will enter into legal agreements with these partners, establish a timeline for the transition and final handoff of these SEM tools and resources, and develop a plan that will be communicated to funders. To help us through this process, please:
Proposed Partners and Plans
After the January 2023 Special Funders Working Group meeting, NEEA reached out to many organizations—including utilities, implementers, and regional and national for-profits and nonprofits—that could be potential future administrators or owners of some or all the available materials. The following organizations have stated their interest:
A Look Ahead: 2024
During 2024, NEEA will finalize contracts and agreements with the new partners, and execute the transition so by Sunday, Dec. 31, all assets are fully transferred, tested, and supported. NEEA will also ensure all SEM Special Funders are consulted about their future access to the tools and supporting the transition.
In early 2022, NEEA presented to the SEM Funder Working Group about the future of the alliance’s SEM budget, tools, and the NW SEM Collaborative. Mid-year, NEEA interviewed each of the SEM funding organizations to explore their perspectives on the value, use, reliance on, and desired future for the tools and resources. NEEA also interviewed five of the primary Northwest SEM implementation firms and three additional primary users of the tools. In December, NEEA presented the interview results, and reviewed tool-use data and budget constraints. Options for the final two years of the budget cycle and possible future of the tools were also discussed.
In January 2023, the SEM Funder Working Group further discussed remaining budget cycle investments and planning for the future of the tools and resources.
For more information about the SEM tools, roles of the SEM Funder Working Group, or the upcoming transition, please contact Suzi Asmus.