The Pacific Northwest has been a national leader in energy efficiency for more than 30 years. This status did not happen by accident; it is the result of proactive and aggressive efforts by the entire region, including the Bonneville Power Administration, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, utilities, and numerous policy leaders all working together. Building upon these robust energy efficiency efforts is even more important today as we implement tiered rates, prepare for climate change impacts and focus on energy independence.
Since January 2009, BPA has conducted the Energy Efficiency Post-2011 public process, consisting of two phases, to develop a framework to facilitate the continued successful development and acquisition of energy efficiency in the Northwest at the lowest cost to the region. Phase 1 of this collaborative public process generated a robust dialogue about the framework's needs and constraints. Through a variety of forums, BPA encouraged the participation of all stakeholders in the region to help shape this framework.
Using information gathered in Phase 1, BPA drafted a proposed framework to define the agency's future role in meeting public power's share of the conservation target set out in the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's latest Power Plan
. BPA sought public comment on this proposal and held public meetings around the region to gather stakeholders' input. These public comments have contributed to the updated Energy Efficiency Post-2011 Policy Framework. With a new energy efficiency framework from Phase 1, the focus of Phase 2 is on the specifics of policy and implementation.
Phase 2 began with a public meeting on July 7, 2010. Five workgroups were formed to provide recommendations to BPA on the implementation of energy efficiency programs for the post-2011 time period. The Recommendations of the Workgroups
are now available. BPA will take these recommendations into consideration and then make a proposal available for public comment
. The recommendations and public comments will provide guidance to BPA on program implementation for the post-2011 time period.