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Energy Trust staff in Southern, Eastern Oregon provides local connections to customers

For utility customers living in Southern or Eastern Oregon, one of the ways they learn about Energy Trust programs and services is through two community outreach managers located in these areas. Karen Chase in Cave Junction and Caryn Appler in Pendleton are Energy Trust’s on-the-ground community resources for local businesses, homeowners, renters, farmers and ranchers, schools, tribes and other organizations. In addition to connecting customers to Energy Trust resources and incentives, Chase and Appler ensure energy needs of their regions are top of mind for Energy Trust programs, so services can be tailored to support rural communities. Energy Trust a...

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Diversity, recovery and innovation: Energy Trust’s 2021 budget lays the groundwork for a big year

Energy Trust’s 2021 budget, which was approved by its board of directors last week, lays the groundwork for an exciting 2021. As always, it calls for helping Oregonians save energy and generate renewable energy to help lower their energy bills and reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. It also calls for providing $115 million in cash incentives to help utility customers invest in upgrades delivered by local contractors and businesses. Here are some of Energy Trust’s priorities for 2021. Creating more access for diverse and rural communities It’s critical that Energy Trust programs be accessible to all customers, and reaching previously underserve...

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Efficiency is the second largest energy resource in Oregon

While Oregon is on a path to a cleaner, low carbon future, there are still plenty of opportunities for more energy efficiency, according to the 2020 Biennial Energy Report released this month from Oregon Department of Energy. The report, which comes out every two years, helps inform local, state and regional policy development, energy planning and investment. Among this year’s findings: Energy efficiency is the second largest resource in Oregon after hydropower from large dams on the Columbia River and its tributaries, and efforts to increase energy efficiency have succeeded in reducing overall energy consumption. From 2000 to 2015, the amount of energ...

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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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