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  • Energy efficiency, sustainability way of life for GloryBee
    Like a number of Oregon businesses, GloryBee of Eugene started very simple: in the family garage making natural foods. Forty years later, GloryBee has evolved into a company of 180 employees focused on providing dozens of high quality organic and natural products ranging from natural foods to soap making supplies to beekeeping equipment. But through all the growth, GloryBee's energy use has stayed in check. For details, please go here.
  • Six Oregon school districts to share $400,000 in grant funds
    Six Oregon school districts will be moving forward with energy efficiency upgrades in 2015 thanks to $400,000 in grant funding from the Oregon Department of Energy. Those districts include Blachly, Dufur, Mapleton, John Day, La Grande and Medford. “School districts across Oregon are looking for ways to reduce energy while improving classroom learning environments,” said Michael Kaplan, ODOE director. “These grants will help schools implement cost-effective projects that deliver benefits to students, educators, and districts’ bottom lines for years to come.” To lean more, please go here.
  • Everything trending up at Lowell schools, except for energy costs
    Dedicated to educational achievement and the success of every student, the Lowell School District is located in Lane County and includes Lundy Elementary and Lowell High School.

    In 2014, the Oregon Department of Energy’s Small-scale Energy Loan Program worked with the school district on a complete energy efficiency overhaul. The result: The district uses a third less energy, despite the increased use of facility space. District administrators say the energy upgrades have improved student experiences and learning environment, and academic scores are up.

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  • Oregon ranks third nationwide for energy efficiency
    light bulbs 2.jpgOregon has placed third in a national ranking of the most energy efficient states, up from fourth last year. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released its annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard on October 22. Massachusetts took the top spot for the fourth year in a row, followed by California. Oregon, Vermont and Rhode Island tied for No. 3. For more, please go to this Statesman Journal story.
  • Pendleton-area farmer now saves 20 percent on electricity costs
    Just a few years ago, David Umbarger struggled to adequately irrigate two pieces of property that were not connected to his Pendleton-area ranch. Today, thanks in part to an incentive from the Oregon Department of Energy, Umbarger can easily control the water that goes into three irrigation pivots and save money at the same time. To find out how he did it, go here.
  • ODOE leading state review of LNG facilities
    Two proposed Liquefied Natural Gas export terminals in Oregon have generated a lot of interest. While the Energy Policy Act of 2005 gives the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission exclusive authority to approve or deny the siting, construction, expansion or operation of these LNG terminals, a number of Oregon agencies, including ours, have been actively involved in the federal siting process. The Governor designated the Oregon Department of Energy as the lead state agency for ensuring that Oregon’s interests are addressed in the FERC siting process for LNG facilities and associated pipeline projects. Additionally, ODOE has been delegated the responsibilities for emergency preparedness for LNG facilities. Two LNG companies formally filed applications with FERC this year to build and operate export facilities in Oregon: the Jordan Cove Energy Project near Coos Bay and Oregon LNG in Warrenton. To provide answers about the status of the projects and other information on the federal and state siting process, as well as the safety and security requirements each applicant must address, please go here.
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