Oregon utility customers saved $326 million on energy bills in 2014 Energy Trust of
Oregon helped Eastern Oregon utility customers save $1 million at 1,010 locations
PENDLETON, Ore. — July 22, 2015 — By the end of 2014, Energy Trust of Oregon had helped utility customers save a record $326 million on their energy bills from energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects completed since 2002. The nonprofit organization accelerated efforts to reach more areas of the state with affordable, clean energy solutions and served customers at more than 84,000 locations in 2014.
“We are more committed than ever to building a lower-cost, sustainable energy future for the utility customers we serve,” said Margie Harris, executive director, Energy Trust. “Our comprehensive energy-saving and renewable power programs helped pave the way to improved living and better business for individuals, companies and communities.”
Supported by Energy Trust’s on-the-ground outreach, technical services and cash-back incentives, participating homeowners, renters, small and large businesses, manufacturers, farmers, school administrators and others lowered energy usage and produced clean, renewable power.
Eastern Oregon customers save $1 million With help from Energy Trust services, incentives and local trade ally contractors, customers of Pacific Power and Cascade Natural Gas in Eastern Oregon saved $1 million on their energy bills by completing projects at 1,010 locations last year.
• Smith Frozen Foods in Weston cut annual energy costs by an estimated $59,000 with behavioral changes and no- and low-cost operations and maintenance improvements made through participating in Energy Trust’s Strategic Energy Management initiative.
• The Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, a nonprofit interpretive center on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, added a 169-foot wind turbine to the property, the only wind turbine on a reservation in the Pacific Northwest at the time of installation and the first of its kind in Oregon.
See detailed 2014 results and customer success stories at Energy Trust’s 2014 annual report website, www.energytrust.org/annualreport.
Driving clean energy activity throughout Oregon “Energy Trust helped more customers with new energy opportunities last year,” said Debbie Kitchin, president of the board of directors, Energy Trust. “Whether a small project or a large investment, customers worked with us to move further along their path to cheaper, cleaner energy. Customers’ energy-saving and renewable power projects put money back into their pockets and also grew Oregon’s clean energy economy by $247 million.”
Working with utilities, trade allies, customers and other organizations in 2014, Energy Trust exceeded its annual electric savings goal, nearly met its natural gas savings goal and facilitated increased investment in renewable energy, with a record number of residential solar electric systems installed. Energy Trust achieved all Oregon Public Utility Commission annual minimum performance measures, including keeping program and administrative costs low at 4.6 percent of annual revenues. Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization guided by a non-stakeholder board of directors and dedicated to providing utility customers with low-cost, clean energy solutions. Energy savings and generation results since 2002 are equal to building a power plant fueled by efficiency. Energy Trust investments accelerate economic benefits throughout Oregon and have added $3.9 billion to the state’s economy. Energy Trust is funded by and serves Oregon customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power and Cascade Natural Gas, and Oregon and Washington customers of NW Natural.
Smith Frozen Foods is no stranger to energy efficiency. The Eastern Oregon producer of vegetables and legumes has been implementing energy-efficiency improvements for years—enough to cut annual energy costs by an estimated $300,000.
By focusing on simple behavioral changes and no- and low-cost operations and maintenance improvements while participating in Energy Trust’s Strategic Energy Management initiative, Smith tacked on an additional $59,000 to its annual energy savings.
The Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, a nonprofit interpretive center on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Eastern Oregon, has taken yet another step toward creating a net-zero building by adding a 169-foot wind turbine to the property.
Since 2001, Tamástslikt has been making energy savings a top priority, with numerous efficiency upgrades to its 45,000-square-foot building. The only wind turbine on a reservation in the Pacific Northwest at the time of installation and the first of its kind in Oregon, the 50-kilowatt turbine is expected to generate 94,000 kilowatt hours in its first year, about 20 percent of the building’s electricity needs.
“We have been energy-smart for a long time,” said Bobbi Conner, director. “We started small, making changes that gave us the biggest bang for our buck. With Energy Trust incentives and Pacific Power’s Blue SkySM program, the wind turbine just made financial sense for the tribe.”
Tamástslikt received a $170,992 cash incentive from Energy Trust and qualified for up to $257,372 in funding from customers of Pacific Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program. Conner estimates the turbine could save approximately $480,000 over 30 years.