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2021 Northwest Power Plan Scorns EE

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The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has released its 2021 Northwest Power Plan. The biggest takeaway is that the power organization is going all in on renewables, while deemphasizing energy efficiency efforts. In an interview with Oregon Public Broadcasting, Lauren McCloy, policy director at the Northwest Energy Coalition, said the plan would see Bonneville Power Administration's energy efficiency share drop by 14 percent. 

Ben Kujala, Northwest Power and Conservation Council power planning division director, explains in that same article that the change in direction boils down to diminishing returns on energy efficiency and lower costs of clean energy projects: 

“So it’s just harder and a little more expensive to find places to save energy,” Kujala said. “We’ve seen both the resources get cheaper and the energy efficiency measures that we can take get a little more expensive.”

I’m wondering if this is a trend we’ll see spread across the industry moving forward. If it’s cheaper to make clean energy than it is to conserve it, why not just generate more? Or are there still big, worthwhile gains to be made on the efficiency front?



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