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Oregon Department of Energy inspires schools to save $5M in energy costs
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                        Jim Denno 503-378-2856
                        Kathy Shinn 503-373-1033
                        In Oregon 1-800-221-8035
SALEM—In this day of declining state revenues, Oregon school districts face tough budget decisions. School districts need innovative cost-saving solutions, to minimize budget impacts.
In 2002, Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) introduced a solution to help school districts conserve energy and, as a result, save money. Through the efforts of ODOE’s Energy Efficient Schools Program (EESP), 585 schools in 95 school districts regularly meet their energy-efficiency goals. District participants save, in total, nearly $5 million annually in energy costs. 
ODOE’s school program empowers school districts to create energy-savvy schools. For example, district representatives learn how to make energy more efficient and affordable with tools ODOE provides. In fact, districts learn from each other, inspire new ideas and entice their schools to get excited about conserving energy.
This week, district representatives will convene to discuss energy-saving best practices. On Thursday, October 28, 2010, EESP will hold its 1st Annual Oregon Schools Energy Management: Best Practices Workshop, in Tualatin, Oregon. Workshop attendees will discuss how to launch, sustain, and/or grow energy conservation management programs. The workshop, which is open to school districts and local governments, has nearly 100 attendees pre-registered. 
In the future, ODOE staff plan to host several on-line energy management trainings and a series of regional follow-up workshops with school districts building on lessons learned.
ODOE wants to raise awareness about these positive energy efforts affecting Oregon schools. For more detailed information, please visit the ODOE website:
About the Department of Energy: The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) provides tax credits, loans, technical assistance and energy information for homes, businesses, manufacturing, farms, ranches, schools and governments. For more information, visit ODOE’s website at www.oregon.gov/energy.


Oregon Department of Energy
Main OfficeHermiston Field Office
625 Marion St. NE, Salem, OR 97301-3737
395 E Highland Rd.
Phone: 503-378-4040Hermiston, OR 97838
Toll-free in Oregon: 1-800-221-8035P: 541-567-3840
Fax: 503-373-7806 
Website: www.oregon.gov/ENERGY