September 2017 Energy Engineering Forum – Does This Make Sense Anymore? – Energy Efficiency in a Market Awash With Low-Cost Power

We are working with Energy Trust of Oregon to present a series of Energy Engineering Forums in 2017. This free event consists of a one hour technical presentation followed by fifteen minutes of Q&A. A complimentary lunch and certificates of attendance will be provided.


Does this make sense anymore? – Energy Efficiency in a Market Awash with Low-cost Power

Charlie Grist

Conservation Resource Manager

Northwest Power and Conservation Council


The market price of energy is so low that sometimes it’s negative, wind and solar plants are springing up like mushrooms after a rain, natural gas generation is so cheap it’s displacing coal, and in many places electric loads are not growing – even though population is.  These circumstances challenge the notion of energy efficiency as a resource.  Yet the Northwest Power Council’s Seventh Power Plan (2016) calls for developing ever more energy efficiency. Come hear Council staffer Charlie Grist  describe the current state of the power system, the near-term outlook and how energy efficiency fits into the picture.


We will also be hosting this event as a webinar. Please use the link below to register.



Charlie joined the Council staff in 2002 as a senior analyst. He works primarily on energy efficiency issues as part of the development and implementation of the Council’s regional power plan. Charlie’s energy efficiency work covers regional conservation potential assessments, planning, implementation and evaluation. He is vice chair of the Council’s Regional Technical Forum. Before joining the Council staff, Charlie was a senior analyst at Oregon Office of Energy for 18 years working on state energy policy development, energy facility siting, energy forecasting, utility regulation, energy conservation, renewable resource development, and Columbia River issues. Charlie has a B.S. in resource analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He likes to windsurf in the Columbia River Gorge.