Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & SEM: Victoria Parker (Waypoint Energy) and (open position)
Develops strategies for delivering SEM in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive way. Please email us to be added to the notification list. NEXT MEETING: March 5
Beyond the E – Kathleen Belkhayat (Energy Trust of Oregon) and Karen Brooks (Strategic Energy Group)
Continues to identify the additional benefits (engagement, customer service, non-energy specific resource conservation) that SEM brings to energy management. Please email us to be added to the notification list. Met Fe. 19. NEXT MEETING: TBD
Measurement & Verification – Jacob Schroeder (Cascade Energy), Kevin Campbell (Energy 350), Josh Rushton (Rushton Analytics)
Continues to confront challenges, find opportunities and share insights on how to make M&V of SEM projects more effective, including alternative approaches, standardization, savings persistence and more. Please email us to be added to the notification list. Met Jan. 21. NEXT MEETING: Spring, TBD
Emissions Reduction – Tamara Berger (BCHydro), Mike Christianson (Energy350), and Thu Tran (Cascade Energy)
Discusses and develops strategies to integrate greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction strategies with SEM. Please email us to be added to the notification list. Met Feb 24. NEXT MEETING: TBD
Small-to-Medium Business SEM Delivery: Renee Garrels (CLEAResult), and Tom Hovde (Snohomish County PUD)
Discusses and explores approaches to addressing barriers to SEM participation and delivery for small-to-medium customers. Please email us to be added to the notification list. Met Feb. 24. NEXT MEETING: TBD
October's Annual NW SEM Collaborative Fall Workshop has come back to earth. This year’s Getting More from SEM virtual conference, delivered around an outer space theme, was held October 20-22 and brought the community together for regional collaboration. On the first day, we were joined by keynote speaker Sergio Dias, who delivered a call to action to SEM programs to play a critical role in addressing climate change. The second day included a presentation by Erika Kociolek about an exciting new report published by the Energy Trust of Oregon and their new 7-year measure life for Industrial SEM. The third day included presentations by the NW SEM Collaborative Working Groups. All three days featured Action Sessions focused on seven different timely topic areas, as a well as fun, informal networking sessions.
Conference presentations included:
NW SEM Collaborative Leadership Team Vice Chair Sara York presided over the Fall Workshop closing ceremony, in which she challenged the community to take action and build on our workshop experiences and ideas. She encouraged the community to continue to explore and answer these questions:
Participate in the 2021 NW SEM Collaborative Working Groups described below - or volunteer to co-lead one - and save the date for the 2021 Fall Workshop October 19-21.
Join us in accelerating the adoption of SEM practices.
NEEA and Northwest utilities are taking a collaborative approach to Strategic Energy Management (SEM). Visit the NW SEM Collaborative's Conduit community to learn more about its activities and discussions.