Associate Member Announcements

Northwest Celebrates the Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards

Dec 04, 2017

Last week, the Board of Directors of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) honored winners of the 2017 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards. These awards recognize outstanding achievement in collaboration, innovative solutions, and achievement that have significantly contributed to greater energy efficiency in the Northwest.
The regional energy efficiency community participated in nominations, and a select panel of Northwest energy and utility leaders selected the winners:

  • Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg of the University of Oregon’s Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory garnered the Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award for Innovation. Since 2000, Van Den Wymelenberg has consulted on hundreds of new construction and renovation projects with architects and engineers regarding energy efficiency with an emphasis on passive and integrated design strategies.
  • Pacific Power and Energy Trust of Oregon won the Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award for Collaboration for their Targeted Community Pilot. Through this collaborative, two-year pilot, these organizations seek to identify and implement existing energy efficiency improvements that can be deployed in a short timeframe in targeted communities, evaluate the impact of energy efficiency improvements in reducing energy consumption at peak energy use times, and measure the impact. 
  • Graham Parker of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory won the Tom Eckman Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his more than 40-year career in energy efficiency in both the Northwest and beyond. Margie Harris, who presented the award to Parker, received the achievement award last year as the outgoing executive director of Energy Trust of Oregon.

“We are fortunate to have such experienced leadership that brings innovation and collaboration to our alliance. Their dedication makes a huge contribution to energy efficiency in the Northwest,” stated Susan E. Stratton, NEEA’s executive director. “As we celebrate 20 years of working an as alliance, these are exactly the types of leaders who will move our region forward.”

John Francisco, chief of Energy Resource for Inland Power & Light and chair of NEEA’s board of directors, emceed this year’s event, held in downtown Portland in conjunction with NEEA’s Annual Board Meeting.

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is an alliance of more than 140 utilities and energy efficiency organizations working on behalf of more than 13 million energy consumers. NEEA is dedicated to accelerating both electric and gas energy efficiency, leveraging its regional partnerships to advance the adoption of energy-efficient products, services, and practices. For more information, visit

ABB Launches TruONE

This month ABB launched TruONE, an all-new automatic transfer switch (ATS) with connectivity and monitoring functions for critical power applications. TruONE is the world’s first true ATS to package all the necessary sensors and controllers into a single easy-to-install device that helps improve protection and makes installation 80 percent faster.                               

Critical power applications use an ATS to sense when power is lost and to switch automatically to the backup generator. The ATS is usually a complex installation with various sensors, controllers, switches, and operator interfaces all wired together. Putting everything into a single package, including an integrated controller with detachable Human Machine Interface, the TruONE makes ATS installations faster, simpler, and more reliable.

With seven communications protocols, the TruONE ATS is part of the ABB AbilityTM portfolio of software-enabled and connected solutions that help customers to be more productive, with features including predictive maintenance and condition monitoring.

Wellington Rodrigues, product marketing manager for ABB’s Protection and Connection business in the United States, said, “ABB has produced the solution everybody who works with ATS devices has been waiting for. The all-new TruONE ATS is the first to integrate everything that critical power applications need into one seamless unit. Designed and tested to exceed industry requirements, the TruONE ATS ensures the reliable delivery of critical power.”

The TruONE ATS is simple to install, requiring only a single wire and standard enclosures. Ergonomic studies indicate this will make installation up to 80 percent faster and will cut cabling and commissioning times and costs by up to 90 percent.

ABB is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation, and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry, and transport infrastructure globally. For more information, visit


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