• Avista's Tom Lienhard Recognized with Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award

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    December 05, 2018
    The Board of Directors of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) honored winners of the 2018 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards today in a ceremony held in Portland, Oregon. 
    The awards recognize outstanding collaboration, innovative solutions and significant contributions to advancing energy efficiency in the Northwest.
    “Collaboration and innovation are at the heart of the alliance’s work to advance energy efficiency in the region,” stated Susan E. Stratton, NEEA’s executive director. “These award winners exemplify the leadership in energy efficiency that the Northwest is known for.”
    Members of the regional energy efficiency community participated in nominations, while a panel of Northwest energy and utility leaders selected the winners. Among those honored was the Commercial + Industrial Lighting Regional Strategy Pricing Data User Group, recognized with the Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award for Innovation. This team collaborated to create an interactive dashboard giving utility planners, program managers and implementers access to real-time pricing data for commercial lighting products. It’s already being used to inform the region’s lighting programs.
    The eight contributors to this group were: Tom Lienhard, Avista; Jessica Aiona, Bonneville Power Administration; Mike Bailey, Energy Trust of Oregon; Christian Douglass, Northwest Power and Conservation Council; Debbie Driscoll, NEEA; Harvey Mathews, NEEA; Elaine Miller, NEEA; and Kenji Spielman, Energy Trust of Oregon.
    “It’s an honor to be a part of the team and play a role in this project,” said Lienhard, chief energy efficiency engineer at Avista. “I’m excited about how this new tool can be used to build programs that can help our customers save money.”