A community of Northwest practitioners dedicated to
saving energy through strategic energy management

Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations are taking a collaborative approach to Strategic Energy Management. 

The NW SEM Collaborative was formed in 2011 based on the premise that the region can achieve more working together than can any single utility or organization working alone. The NW SEM Collaborative aims to help energy efficiency program administrators accelerate the adoption of SEM in the industrial and commercial sectors. 
With the successes of 2017 behind us, it was time to define new goals for 2018 and beyond to ensure that the NW SEM Collaborative continued to grow and evolve.

The goals are:

  1. The NW SEM Collaborative is a self-sustaining organization with a diversified funding base.
  2. The NW SEM Collaborative is a regional organization and engages with SEM leaders across North America to share SEM design lessons and expand the impact of SEM.
  3. The SEM Hub is the go-to resource for SEM professionals to readily find resources, information, tools, contacts.
  4. The NW SEM Collaborative creates an SEM Recognition award by 2020.
  5. The NW SEM Collaborative supports the North American Collaborative in becoming its own, self-sustaining organization.
  6. The NW SEM Collaborative will improve its members’ SEM program energy management practices in the next 3 years (as measured using the Northwest EMA tool.)

Important updates: Working Group meetings, upcoming events and the SEM Hub.

Active Working Groups are listed below. These groups are a great way to work with your peers on shared challenges in SEM program management. To get involved in a Working Group, just email us and we will add you to the list.

Certification and Recognition Working Group Meeting – Jessica Raker, Leader

This group is working on a guide for formal recognition programs, tailored to the needs of SEM program managers.  Please email us to be added to the notification list.

Beyond the E Working Group Meeting – Kathleen Belkhayat, Leader

This group is focusing on challenges and opportunities faced in SEM programs.  A current focus is Succession Planning and a findings summary document on that subject is underway.  Please email us to be added to the notification list.

M&V Working Group Meeting –Tina Schnell and Sara York, Co-leaders

This group focusses on confronting challenges, finding opportunities and sharing insights on how to make M&V of SEM projects more effective.

Date: TBD *If you are interested in joining this working group, please email us to be added to the notification list for the next working session.

SEM Benchmarking Working Group Meeting – Kevin Wallace, Leader

This group will take a deep dive into refining benchmarking best practices for SEM projects.

Date: TBD *If you are interested in joining this working group, please email us to be added to the notification list for the next working session.

Northwest SEM Collaborative Overview

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Online Community

NW SEM Collaborative page on Conduit

At the Conduit NW SEM Collaborative community page you will find a collection of resources specifically related to NW SEM Collaborative activities such as Workgroup outputs and discussion threads.

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This summit is being held to facilitate an SEM forum at a broader level. This is the first of what may become an ongoing conversation and gathering of SEM experts.

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