Everett, WA – Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) has received the 2012 Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency from the Bonneville Power Administration. Flathead Electric, based in Montana, also was honored this year.
"I’m proud to recognize Snohomish PUD with the 2012 Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency," said Karen Meadows, acting vice president of BPA Energy Efficiency. "Snohomish has a rich, deep history of conservation, they have consistently supported the introduction of efficient technologies and creatively approached challenging markets, and they offer a remarkable breadth of programs to their customers. Snohomish is a leader in achieving efficiency for the region and they are a significant contributor to the Northwest’s efficiency success story."
The award recognizes the PUD’s ongoing success in surpassing aggressive energy efficiency goals through ongoing program improvement and innovation. The last three years have been the strongest years on record for energy efficiency by the PUD and its customers. In 2011, programs helped customers save more than $6 million on their energy bills. Since the early 1980s, the utility has saved more than 100 average megawatts – enough to serve 75,000 homes.
“Our energy efficiency team has designed a comprehensive program portfolio that ensures we continue to meet varied customer needs and offer them valuable resources to save energy,” said PUD General Manager Steve Klein. “For the PUD meeting future growth means pursuing all cost-effective conservation and a diverse mix of renewable energy sources. It’s about reducing climate change, promoting greater energy independence and seeking out clean energy sources in Western Washington.”
In 2011, PUD residential conservation programs reached thousands of residential customers. The utility assisted with 1,450 heat pump and weatherization measures, offered rebates for 14,000 new and retired appliances and distributed 19,000 E-Kits, which include a collection of gadgets to help customers save energy and water. In addition, the PUD has sold 4.5 million energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs through a local retail network in the past decade.
Through partnerships with local businesses, the PUD completed more than 750 commercial and industrial energy efficiency projects in 2011, offering a range of incentives and technical expertise. Business projects included efficiency measures at the Brightwater Treatment Center, the Everett School District and the final phases of a new medical tower at Providence Regional Medical Center – one of the PUD’s largest projects ever completed.