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Conduit (www.ConduitNW.org) is a web-based resource that facilitates information-sharing, coordination and collaboration among energy efficiency professionals in the Northwest. In addition to utilities, many vital partners help shape energy efficiency in the region, such as Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), state energy offices, nonprofit organizations, and research institutions. These partners are all encouraged to participate.­

Conduit helps Northwest energy efficiency professionals

  • Share best practices
  • Discuss current topics
  • Collaborate on projects
  • Learn about new technologies
  • Network with peers
  • Keep up with energy efficiency trends

Conduit is open to all energy efficiency professionals in the Northwest. In order to participate in content creation, users must register. Learn more. Sign up. Engage.

How Conduit Works
Just like other professional websites, such as LinkedIn, users create an account and enter basic information about themselves (their organization, role, and interests) that can be shared with the community. With an account, users can then upload or download documents and files, start or engage in discussions, share web links and other web-based resources. Unregistered users have read-only access.

Registered users can also join or form groups. These groups, can coordinate and collaborate on their work more effectively, using their dedicated group by sharing recent files, making announcements, soliciting feedback on a working document, or having a group discussion.

Support & Training
NEEA and BPA both have full-time dedicated staff to support Conduit and its users as they learn best practices for engaging with the community. Training materials will be provided (via Conduit) in the form of tutorials, videos, and FAQs. Specialized training sessions for your organization may be coordinated through the NEEA Community Manager. Dates and times of trainings are posted on the Conduit home page.

History
Northwest utilities, the Energy Trust of Oregon and BPA are all facing substantial growth in their conservation goals over the next several years. During independent outreach and planning efforts in 2008 and 2009, NEEA and BPA each clearly heard their stakeholders' needs for increased regional information-sharing, coordination and collaboration in order to help stakeholders meet their aggressive energy efficiency goals. This need was also confirmed during the work of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Taskforce (NEET) during 2008 and 2009. In late-2009, both BPA and NEEA identified an online energy efficiency community as one means to address those needs.

NEEA and BPA partnered early on in this effort to develop the overall community objectives and requirements. Limitations of government use of social media helped with the decision by BPA and NEEA to have NEEA assume the official ownership of the effort. BPA and NEEA continue to work closely on the implementation of this resource and ensuring value for Northwest utilities. Conduit is brought to you by NEEA with additional support from BPA . The public launch was May 10, 2011.

For questions about BPA's role in Conduit, contact Summer Goodwin, sggoodwin@bpa.gov or 503-230-3158.




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