Shortly after the City’s 2009 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, Mayor John Engen moved from research to action and convened the Conservation & Climate Action Plan Task Force. The volunteer Task Force, a group of citizen experts made up of small business owners, city staff, conservation professionals, and University of Montana representatives, was charged with creating emissions reduction goals for municipal operations and developing a path to achieve those goals while maintaining and improving the City’s high level of service to citizens.
Boise has implemented a number of approaches to reduce energy consumption, including incentives for high-performance and green projects, priority processing for green building projects, reduced permit fees for solar panel installations, recognition and education programs, and changes to city code to encourage high-density commercial and multifamily development, especially downtown.
The City of Eugene has a long-standing commitment to city-wide energy management and sustainability. In 1995 Eugene began tracking and evaluating their public building energy data. The city saw the value of energy management from both a financial and environmental perspective.
Community Strategic Energy Management (SEM) is a long-term approach to energy efficiency in public building portfolios. It brings SEM principals to the unique needs of public building decision makers and market actors, providing them with the information they need to turn broader performance and leadership goals into measurable energy savings outcomes in public buildings and schools. With help from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), the City of Tacoma took their commitment to public building energy efficiency to a new level.
When Dave Brant, senior chief engineer at SnoTemp Cold Storage, heard about a new certification focused on saving energy offered by the Refrigerating Engineers and Techanicians Association (RETA), he was intrigued: becoming a Certified Refrigeration Energy Specialist (CRES) meant he could reduce energy waste and cut costs for his company. With his facility operating at full capacity, and a team of engineers supporting operations, Dave knew there would be plenty of opportunities to sleuth out savings and make a big impact.
CRES certified Henningsen engineers implement energy upgrades for big pay back.
Receiving, storing, and shipping out over a million pounds of frozen food every day with 100% accuracy is no simple task. However, in 2014 Henningsen Cold Storage Co. (Henningsen) built a state-of-the-art refrigerated warehouse in Salem, Oregon to do just that.
CITY OF VANCOUVER Saving over 1.7 million
kilowatt-hours and tens of thousands of dollars
per year through wastewater energy efficiency improvements.
The City of Vancouver, Washington, typically treats more than 20 million gallons of
wastewater each day. This requires substantial aeration systems and ultraviolet (UV)
light arrays at the city’s two wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). While these
systems are critical for supporting the biological treatment process and destroying
harmful bacteria and pathogens, they consume large quantities of power.
Transforming two polymers into high-performance laments one-hundredth the size of
a human hair takes a lot of expertise. And energy.
Fitesa’s 30-year-old facility in Washougal, Washington, which transforms polymer pellets
into sheets of non-woven ber for diapers, wipes and lters, had been consuming about 19
million kWh of energy annually. Plant manager Dave Rohrbach said nding ways to be cost
competitive is a constant battle essential to remaining a viable player in the industry.
STRATEGIC ENERGY MANAGEMENT HELPS THE FIBERBOARD
MANUFACTURER SAVE AN ESTIMATED $588,700 ANNUALLY
SierraPine Composite Solutions, a leading manufacturer of innovative and
environmentally superior medium-density berboard and particleboard, knows
about reducing waste. The Medford company’s product line revolves around
combining recycled wood content with low-formaldehyde adhesives to produce
sustainable building products. As stated by Wayne Ralph, SierraPine’s electrical
supervisor, “We’re good at using raw materials wisely so there’s very little waste.”
While many companies have ongoing activities to keep energy savings top of mind, the volunteer energy team at the State of Oregon's office tower in the Lloyd Center District took a different approach. They made it a competition.
Washington County was one of the first public sector organizations in the state to work with Energy Trust on strategic energy management, seeing the opportunity as a tangible way to save money, and better serve their citizens.
Strategic energy management is a holistic approach to energy management that can save energy and money over time by focusing on operational and behavior change. See how Purdy Professional Painting Tools worked with Energy Trust to tap into the power to save.