Trade Ally News
Second Quarter, 2014
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Trade Ally Workshop
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Case Study
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Seattle City Light - Conservation Resources Division is excited to announce that the next Trade Ally Workshop will be held 

May 20, 2014 so make sure you SAVE THE DATE!


As always, the Trade Ally news provides program updates, industry event listings, and training and networking opportunities. We'll be there. Join us. 


We're always looking for great energy efficiency projects that we can promote here and through City Light social media. Take a look at the Case Study and let us know how we can make you shine. 

Seattle City Light Trade Ally Workshop - May 20, 2014. 
The workshop will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Seattle from 7:30am to noon. We'll be scheduling a plenary session and break-out sessions to provide program and incentive information to all our business partners. Special sessions will cover lighting and HVAC calculation worksheets. Invitations will be sent to everyone on the existing email list. 



Small Business Rebate Changes

Starting May 21, 2014, new rebates will be in effect. These changes mainly affect rebates for screw-in LED lamps.  However, the City Light cap percentage will stabilize at 70% across the board. In addition, City Light has added a number of new measures targeted at T12/T8 fluorescent to LED replacements and we have revised our workbook to incorporate the new changes to the Small Business program. Join us at the 2014 Trade Ally Workshop to get all the details on changes to the Small Business program.


Multifamily Common Area Lighting (CAL) Program

As mentioned in the Fourth Quarter Trade Ally News, we've now fully transitioned to paying for kilowatt hours saved regardless of the project cost effectiveness. We heard from you that our former method of using a separate "cost control" worksheet was confusing to both contractors and customers. As a result, we've created a CAL workbook that incorporates all the standard CAL forms. It is a simplified version of our standard calculators for medium and large commercial and industrial buildings. In order to align all lighting program incentives, the CAL cost cap percentage has also been set at 70%. 


The Works! Update

Last September Seattle City Light launched The Works! At the Trade Ally Workshop. The Works! offers additional funding for whole building lighting retrofits and is a great tool to use when recommending comprehensive lighting retrofit projects to your customers. The Works! strengthens the estimated ROI for projects by introducing the enhanced benefits and increased incentives. Read more about our program on our website.




Seattle Metro Chamber Annual Business Tradeshow - May 15, 2014 

Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities are partner Gold Sponsors this year. With 160 exhibitors and 1,500-plus attendees, the Seattle Metro Chamber's Annual Seattle Business Tradeshow packs Seattle's best networking and marketing opportunities into a four-hour event. The event is open to the public. Learn more


Energy Management Congress Conference - June 25-26, 2014

Seattle City Light is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of this year's AEE West Coast Energy Management Congress. We are delighted to announce that Governor Jay Inslee is presenting our keynote address! City Light supports all of our customers and trade allies by backing this conference and exhibit hall. Your attendance will offer unparalleled opportunities to network with over 2500 of your industry colleagues. Explore promising new technologies, compare energy supply and alternative energy options, and learn about innovative project implementation strategies. Register today. 


Spaces are still available for exhibitors! Please contact Ashley Clark at for more info.  


ASHRAE's 2014 Annual Conference - June 28-July 2, 2014

The Conference addresses topics such as ground source heat pumps, operations and maintenance and indoor environmental quality, as well as the second annual ASHRAE research summit. Not to mention social events, networking opportunities and technical tours. Learn more and register.




Lighting Design Lab's 2014 Education Series is open for enrollment. Sign up for The A to Z's of LED and Understanding Lighting Controls. Space is limited.


Celebrating 25 years of lighting conservation education and consultation


The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) provides professional education programs critical to building energy efficiency capability in the Northwest. Their trainings play a key role in overcoming market barriers by offering the knowledge and skills vital to accelerating and sustaining the market adoption of emerging energy-efficient products, services, and practices. Learn more about course offerings.
Community Solar Project at the Seattle Aquarium is Now Online!

The Seattle Aquarium completed construction in October 2013 on the largest solar array at any aquarium on the West Coast as part of the Seattle City Light's Community Solar and Green Up programs.

"Part of the vision of the Seattle Aquarium is to invest in alternative energy," Aquarium President and CEO Robert W. Davidson said. "Operating sustainably will help fulfill our mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, and this is an important step in that direction."


On Friday April 25 at 12pm, Community Solar will be unveiling new signage at Waterfront Park (right next to the Seattle Aquarium). They will be giving away prizes, serving refreshments, and talking about the next steps for Community Solar. If you would like to attend please RSVP for the event


Seattle Discloses Energy Use of City-Owned Buildings

When it comes to disclosing energy usage data, the City of Seattle is leading by example. Last month the City released a report on 2011 - 2012 energy use for many City-owned buildings, including office buildings, libraries, community buildings, fire, and police stations.


The assessment found that City-owned downtown buildings (City Hall, Justice Center, Seattle Municipal Tower, Central Library) are more energy efficient than the national average. In fact, the Seattle Municipal Tower has an EPA ENERGY STAR score of 93 out of 100 (50 is average), meaning it is more energy efficient than 92% of similar buildings nationwide. The City's extensive public library system uses about 42% less energy, as a whole, than other U.S. libraries.


Under City ordinance, owners of nonresidential and multifamily buildings 20,000 sq. ft. or larger in Seattle are required to annually track and report energy performance to the City. 
CASE STUDY - Millionair Club - Hydroponic Lighting - Urban Farming 

The Millionair Club Charity changes thousands of lives by providing jobs and other essential support services to individuals who are homeless or unemployed in Seattle and King County. 


Project Scope: The Charity serves more than 90,000 meals a year to the homeless. The Millionair Club decided that instead of buying fresh produce, they would like to grow it themselves in the Charity's building basement and with the help of UrbanHarvest, they did just that.

Project Specifics:
  • Lighting that is used solely for indoor plant growth during the hours of 10pm to 6am is exempt per the Seattle Energy Code
  • Targeted spectral output of proposed LED lighting
  • 8-lamp T5 HO is standard practice 468 watts/fixture
  • Installed 19 LEDs 325 watts/fixture

Project Results:

  • 78,577 kWh/yr savings  
  • $19,880 Incentive
  • Free media coverage (King 5, KOMO News, PSBJ, Daily Journal of Commerce)
City Light produces case studies, press releases and social media coverage of these success stories. Submit your success story for consideration by filling out this form
For more information on any of the items in this edition of the Trade Ally News, please contact an Energy Advisor by email or phone at (206) 684-3800. 

Thank you, 
Seattle City Light - Conservation Resources Division

Conserving energy for a sustainable future.