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Catching the energy efficiency wave in Newport

The Oregon Coast Aquarium has substantial energy needs across its 23-acre campus. Energy Trust incentives are helping make upgrades more affordable. The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport has thousands of daily visitors, permanent displays and rotating exhibits of native marine mammals and fish, animal feedings and encounters, dining, and more. “It’s a great place to work,” said Bryan Urbach, director of facilities, Oregon Coast Aquarium. “Our team is passionate about the animals and providing visitors with the very best experience. When we open in the summer, the line is from the front door to the parking lot, rain or shine.” Outdoor exhibits feature ma...

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New offer insulates pipes, saves energy, costs customer nothing

Alpenrose Dairy, founded in Southwest Portland in 1916, has manufactured a range of quality dairy products for more than 100 years. Most recently, the company stepped up as the inaugural customer for the new direct install pipe insulation offer from Energy Trust of Oregon. “We were already considering doing some insulation, but it was kind of pushed aside as a capital project that would be nice down the road but not an immediate need,” said Patrick Ryan, regional manager for Smith Brothers Farms, which acquired Alpenrose last year. When Ryan learned that Energy Trust’s new offer meant Alpenrose could upgrade its pipe insulation at no cost, , the priori...

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Hillsboro library prioritizes energy efficiency

The City of Hillsboro manages over one million square feet of building space, including the Hillsboro Brookwood Library, where a high-efficiency water heater was recently installed. The City of Hillsboro Facilities Department manages roughly one million square feet of real estate, including fire and police stations, libraries, a large civic center and recreation complex, public works facilities, and more. David Cobos, an HVAC technician who has worked for the city more than five years, helps maintain those buildings. “We go wherever the work is,” he says. “The HVAC team not only replaces or repairs standard heating and cooling equipment, but also servi...

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Energy savings make a splash

The Veterans’ Memorial Swimming Pool in La Grande used incentives from Energy Trust to help offset the cost of a new heat exchanger. The City of La Grande converted what was once the outdoor Veterans’ Memorial Pool into an indoor pool in the late 1990s. The facility features a small therapy pool, a 25-yard, 8-lane lap pool, basketball hoop and slide, along with a splash park outside. Maintaining water temperature and indoor occupancy comfort takes a lot of energy, using four boilers and two water heaters. That is why the city has been so eager to install energy-saving equipment over the years. “We have a long history of energy savings at the Veterans’ ...

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