SALEM – Six businesses or municipalities in Oregon won awards today at the state Capitol for their leadership in industrial energy efficiency. First Lady Cylvia Hayes presented three first-place Oregon Leaders Awards, while Bob Repine, Director of the Oregon Department of Energy, handed out the three second-place awards.
“These six companies represent Oregon's forward-thinking approach to energy efficiency and emerging clean technologies,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Across the state, in diverse sectors, businesses are showing that reducing energy use, and using energy more efficiently, is good for the bottom line. With the leadership of these award winners, we’ll continue to see a greater emphasis on energy efficiency and the positive effect that has for our statewide goals to use more renewable sources of energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and strengthen our economy.”
The awards, now in their second year, recognize businesses in Oregon that are on the leading edge of innovation and achievement in energy management and efficiency. This year’s winners:
Leadership in Innovation
- Governor’s Award (first place): Myers Container, LLC and Container Management Services, LLC, Portland
- State Award (second place): Elkay Wood Products Co., Independence
Leadership in Energy Performance
- Governor’s Award (first place): Stimson Lumber Co., Clatskanie
- State Award (second place): Norpac Foods, Inc., Brooks
Leadership by Example
- Governor’s Award (first place): Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission Eugene-Springfield Water Pollution Control Facility, Springfield
- State Award (second place): Gunderson LLC, Portland
A committee of representatives from sponsoring organizations and manufacturers submitted 18 nominations from across the state for consideration. For more information about the winning companies and their accomplishments, please visit www.oregonindustrialEEleaders.org.
Oregon a national leader in industrial energy efficiency
Oregon is the third-highest ranking industrial state in the country based on percentage of Gross Domestic Product. As a result, Oregon has proved to be fertile ground for industrial innovation and leadership in energy efficiency.
The Oregon Department of Energy, in collaboration with Energy Trust of Oregon, the Bonneville Power Administration and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, launched these annual awards in 2011. The sponsoring organizations are working together to provide insight and innovation toward creating a more energy efficient Oregon.
About the sponsors
Oregon Department of Energy: Created in 1975, the mission of the Oregon Department of Energy is to ensure Oregon has an adequate supply of reliable and affordable energy and is safe from nuclear contamination, by helping Oregonians save energy, develop clean energy resources, promote renewable energy, and clean up nuclear waste.
Energy Trust of Oregon: Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable energy. Its services, cash incentives and solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save nearly $1 billion on their energy bills. Its work helps keep energy costs as low as possible and builds a sustainable energy future.
Bonneville Power Administration: Founded in 1937, the Bonneville Power Administration is a federal nonprofit agency based in the Pacific Northwest. BPA markets wholesale electrical power from 31 federal hydro projects in the Columbia River Basin, one nonfederal nuclear plant and several other small nonfederal power plants. For more than 30 years, BPA has worked with our public utility customers to acquire energy efficiency as a power resource for the people of the Northwest. In this time, we have achieved over 1,300 average megawatts of savings, enough savings to power nearly a million homes.
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance: The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is a non-profit organization working to advance energy efficiency through the acceleration and adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices. Bonneville Power Administration, Energy Trust of Oregon and more than 100 Northwest utilities support NEEA.