Northwest energy council gets national recognition

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy named the Northwest Power and Conservation Council — the group behind the region's plan for power — among three national entities recognized for leadership and accomplishment in the energy field.

The Northwest Council was recognized for its groundbreaking planning efforts — embodied in the 6th Northwest Power Plan — which puts an emphasis on energy efficiency to provide for the region's needs for new electric power resources.

The ACEE's award states: "Northwest Power and Conservation Planning Council for nation-leading power planning efforts that have already resulted in nearly 4,000 average megawatts of energy savings and that will, over the next 20 years, provide 85% of the Northwest's needs for new electric resources."

The other award winners were Jeff Genzer, an energy consultant, and Wal-Mart for its efficiency efforts in its stores.

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