Energy

Energy Trust appoints new board members with experience in energy justice, industrial energy research

March 26, 2022

The Energy Trust of Oregon Board of Directors has appointed two new volunteer members: Dr. Peter Therkelsen of Ashland and Silvia Tanner of Portland. Both have extensive experience in the energy sector, and both are committed to energy justice and exploring new ways to bring clean and affordable energy to communities underserved by Energy Trust.  “These two new appointments expand our current board’s…

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Stay warm this fall and winter while keeping energy costs down 

November 3, 2021

Just as we head into fall and winter, energy costs are rising across the country. According to the Consumer Price Index, energy costs nationally are up 25% from this time last year. That can cut into family budgets and mean less money for holiday shopping.  Energy Trust of Oregon, a nonprofit that helps people cut energy…

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Five ways to improve indoor air quality, energy efficiency during wildfires   

August 3, 2021

With wildfires burning across Oregon, including the nearby Bootleg fire, and above-normal fire activity predicted for the western U.S., communities across Oregon and Washington are facing the threat of another smoke-filled summer.    Wildfires can pose health threats due to the microscopic particles from smoke. And that smoke can also make your heating and air condition systems work harder, contributing…

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Six tips to keep your home cooler, safer during the extreme heat

July 5, 2021

With the summer season starting, it’s a great time for Oregonians to take some small steps to keep their home cool and their energy bills cooler. And, with temperatures heating up and more than three-fourths of Oregon already in some stage of drought these low- and no-cost cooling and water-saving tips are sure to provide some much-needed relief.   1.    Power down heat-generating devices  Home appliances, electronics…

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Reopening after COVID: Simple Checks Can Save Your Business Energy and Money

July 5, 2021

With state restrictions lifting – shops, restaurants, office buildings, and others may soon see their largest crowds in more than a year. Along with considering health and safety for employees and customers, businesses may also be starting up equipment for the first time in months. Energy Trust of Oregon works with businesses of all sizes…

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New partnership brings energy and cost savings to businesses in rural Oregon

June 9, 2021

By Hannah Mullin  C+C  |  ALL ABOUT THE GOOD  There’s a new program helping small businesses in rural, southern Oregon save money and prepare for the future.  With fewer than 2,500 residents, the town of Lakeview is even more remote than most rural communities, meaning there are fewer contractors available to help when businesses need…

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Avista declares natural gas emission reduction goal

May 5, 2021

Company plans to reduce emissions 30% by 2030, 100% by 2045 On EarthDay, Avista announced its goal to reduce emissions for natural gas. Building on the company’s clean electricity goals, Avista has set a new aspirational natural gas goal of being carbon neutral by 2045, with a near-term goal of 30% reduction in greenhouse gas…

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What COVID-19 means for energy efficiency in Oregon

August 2, 2020

The impacts of COVID-19 on Oregon’s energy-efficiency industry could be felt long after the pandemic is under control. That’s according to Energy Trust Executive Director Michael Colgrove, who was the featured speaker in a webinar this week hosted by the Association of Energy Services Professionals. Colgrove described how the state’s stay-at-home order, phased reopening and continuing…

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Expanding benefits of energy efficiency: water reliability

July 2, 2020

Energy Trust’s work to save energy and generate renewable energy is also helping improve the reliability of rural waterways. In the West, agriculture can account for more than 90% of consumptive water use, which is water that is permanently withdrawn from its source, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Non-consumptive use is water that…

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Cheaper gas: Bad for climate and safety

March 28, 2020

By Joe Cortright  Gasoline prices will drop 50 cents per gallon in the next week or so, and cheap gas will fuel more bad results: more air pollution, more greenhouse gases and more road deaths Now is the perfect time to put a carbon tax in place Lower gas prices mean more driving, more pollution,…

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Application for 2,717 acre solar facility submitted

March 28, 2020

Bakeoven Solar LLC, a subsidiary of Avangrid Renewables LLC, submitted an application for site certificate (ASC) to the Oregon Department of Energy to construct and operate the Bakeoven Solar Project. The proposed facility would be a solar photovoltaic energy generation facility with a peak generating capacity of 303 megawatts that would occupy up to 2,717 acres of…

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2020 Gas Outlook • Market Fundamenatals

March 23, 2020

The technological renaissance that unlocked gas and oil from shale has gifted North America with a vast energy resource. (See Figures S1-S4 for current North American shale plays, production growth since 2000 and projected long-term supply through 2040.)  The Pacific Northwest is located adjacent to two prolific producing regions: The Western Canada Sedimentary Basin spanning…

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