Since 2002, the organization has provided energy solutions to utility customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas. Nearly 438,000 residences, businesses and industrial facilities now use energy efficiently or generate their own power with renewable energy.
The following is a sample of the thousands of customers that have participated in Energy Trust programs over the past decade.
In its first full year of operation in 2011, the Central Oregon Irrigation District’s Juniper Ridge hydropower project near
Mountain Laurel Lodge in
Pacific Natural Foods, a Tualatin-based producer of natural and organic food products, has implemented 20 energy improvement projects with Energy Trust since 2005 — from lighting to refrigeration controls to compressed air systems — reducing its annual energy use by more than 1.7 million kilowatt hours and saving more than $126,000 in annual energy costs.
Verl Holden has glowing reviews for the solar electric system he installed at Holden Wholesale Growers, his Silverton nursery, to power his lights, water pumps and equipment. With a $43,000 Energy Trust incentive, Holden invested in a 29.6-kilowatt system that avoids 5,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually and saves more than $2,000 on utility bills each year.
Threemile Canyon Farms in Boardman is one of the nation’s largest dairy operations and a major producer of potatoes and other crops. The business has completed several studies and at least ten projects with Energy Trust, saving 7.8 million kilowatt hours and more than $350,000 in annual utility costs.
Lithia Motors received $265,000 in Energy Trust incentives for its investment in dozens of high efficiency lighting projects that saved 1.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity. The company recently completed construction of its downtown headquarters, and the new building is expected to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.
Students at Brixner Junior High in the
Combined annual energy savings are estimated at $129,000.
Southport Forest Products, a sawmill operation in North Bend, invested in highly efficient natural gas equipment and systems to reclaim waste heat and use it to dry wood — all to support product diversification and expansion into overseas markets. Combined with electric efficiency projects, the sawmill now benefits from lower operating costs, improved controls and annual energy savings of $131,000.
Efficient use of maintenance funds is a high priority for the
Find more customer stories and Energy Trust highlights
An Energy Trust online timeline at www.energytrust.org/timeline features more customer stories and highlights from the past decade, including ten years of accumulated energy savings and bill savings benefiting customers.
Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.