NEEA names new executive director
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Susan Stratton will take over the reins at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance in January.
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance announced Tuesday that Susan E. Stratton will take over as executive director.
Stratton, who starts her new job in January, will replace Claire Fulenwider, who is retiring after having served as executive director for the past three years.
Stratton joins NEEA, which is a nonprofit supported by the Bonneville Power Administration, Energy Trust of Oregon and more than 100 Northwest utilities, from the Energy Center of Wisconsin. The Energy Center, an independent nonprofit that promotes efficiency, has been led by Stratton since 2001.
"We can be confident that NEEA’s success will continue with such a proven and capable leader as we have found in Susan," said Roger Woodworth, NEEA's board chair and chief strategy officer at Spokane-based Avista Corp., in a press release. "Her experience in energy regulatory, economic, efficiency and policy matters and experience working with diverse stakeholders is exceptional."
Under Fulenwider’s leadership, NEEA's budget has expanded under its 2010-2014 business plan that required more investment from its utility partners. At 70 employees, NEEA has doubled its headcount in the last 18 months.
NEEA marks its progress through amount of energy saved in the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. It is tracking on a goal to deliver 200 average megawatts in energy savings in the region between 2010 and 2014 through programs such as the promotion of ductless heat pumps and marketing highly efficiency televisions along with work with industries such as food processing and plant nurseries.
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