Energy Trust says programs saved Oregon utility customers $233M
By Erik Siemers
The Energy Trust of Oregon on Thursday said it saved customers of regional utilities $233 million on their energy bills in 2011.
The Portland-based, utility-funded nonprofit group since 2002 has issued cash incentives and other services to promote investments in energy efficiency technology and the construction of renewable energy systems.
Last year, its programs helped save 46.9 average megawatts of electricity, 5.4 million therms of natural gas and enabled the installation of more than 1,300 residential and commercial solar energy systems.
In total, the energy it helped save is the equivalent to powering 37,500 average Oregon homes while heating another 10,500 homes with natural gas for a year.
“Energy-saving actions we take today lead to lower utility bills, freeing up cash to spendelsewhere, pumping dollars back into the economy and reducing dependence on fossil fuels,” Margie Harris, the Energy Trust’s executive director, said in a news release. “In 10 years of working together with utilities, contractors, customers and others, we’ve shaped a stronger environment and economy for our state.”
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