PECI hits milestone in Utah
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
A PECI-run program saw 1,000 Utah homes get efficiency upgrades.
PECI announced Wednesday its Utah Home Performance program completed its 1,000th home energy efficiency retrofit, work saving an estimated $500,000 in energy costs per year.
The program, managed by Portland-based PECI and supported with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is expected to wrap up with a total of 1,300 efficiency upgrades.
The program also focused on workforce development. PECI reports that 85 contractor and analyst companies were trained to participate in the program and trained 31 people in Building Performance Institute certification.
On Tuesday, the Institute for Electric Efficiency announced that efficiency and demand response programs in the U.S. saved enough electricity to power close to 10 million homes in 2010. The institute expects to see continued double-digit increases in efficiency savings in the future.
PECI is riding the efficiency wave. Founded in 1980 as Portland Energy Conservation Inc., PECI is a nonprofit that has grown to 383 employees by specializing in designing and running energy efficiency programs for utility and government clients.
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