The RTF is charged with conducting an annual survey on behalf of the Council to assess progress towards Power Plan conservation goals. The RTF seeks data from the region's utilities, the Bonneville Power Administration, Energy Trust of Oregon, and NEEA. The survey goes out every summer, with a goal of analyzing and publishing results in the fall.
2016 and 2017 achievements and the two-year 7th Plan Target
As a region, the Northwest achieved 408 aMW of energy savings as a result of improved energy efficiency over 2016 and 2017. The chart to the right shows how these savings compare to the two-year conservation milestones laid out in the Seventh Power Plan. These energy savings include savings from utility programs, savings as a result of the work of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), and the Energy Trust of Oregon, and total market savings from improvements to product efficiency occurring outside of these sources.
*Numbers have been updated since Council presentation to better reflect savings at busbar.
NEEA continues to account for significant savings
In 2016 and 2017 the work of NEEA and its utilities led to a combined total of 63 aMW of energy savings. The majority of these savings come from initiatives that influence improved energy efficiency in both commercial and residential lighting systems. At present, NEEA projects an additional 60 aMW of energy savings in 2018-2019 from its work. This shows a continued significant contribution of NEEA's work to regional energy savings even after over 20 years of activity.
Efficiency is a major contributor to capacity savings in the region
Energy efficiency improvements across the region also offer major savings in terms of freed up capacity on the transmission and distribution lines that deliver consumers power. 408 aMW of energy savings in 2016-2017 yield 876 MW reduction in winter peak capacity. These savings also translate to major capacity savings in summer, with over 500 MW of summer peak reduction.
Efficiency as a tradition in the Northwest
2017 marked another year in a long line of impressive energy savings accomplishments by the region. Since 1978 the region has been able to save cumulatively over 6,600 aMW of electricity. These energy savings come from a number of sources, and in terms of generation represent an amount of power on par with two and a half Grand Coulee Dams.