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ACEEE salutes BPA, Eskil as champions of industrial energy savings
7/31/2013 3:19 PM
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy recognized BPA's Energy Smart Industrial and employee Jennifer Eskil for helping Northwest industries cut their energy use.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has recognized the Bonneville Power Administration as a champion of energy efficiency for a program that’s saved Northwest industries enough energy over the past four years to power nearly 30,000 homes for an entire year.
ACEEE presented BPA’s
Energy Smart Industrial
program with its Champion of Energy Efficiency Award at a special event, July 25 in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Through the ESI program, BPA and publicly owned electric utilities provide Northwest industrial companies technical expertise and a variety of resources to achieve cost-effective energy savings.
“We’re proud to accept this award on behalf of our partners and the Northwest industrial companies that are embracing energy efficiency,” said Richard Génecé, BPA vice president of Energy Efficiency.
There are more than 2,400 average megawatts of industrial energy demand in the Northwest, and since its launch in 2009 the ESI program has helped Northwest industries save more than 55 average megawatts of this demand.
ACEEE also honored Jennifer Eskil, the industrial energy efficiency sector lead who led the revamp of BPA’s industrial energy-saving offerings four years ago.
"I’m so honored to be recognized with this award," Eskil said. "But this kind of success doesn't happen without the strong relationships with our public utilities and commitment to industrial energy savings.”
Eskil has been an energy efficiency advocate at Bonneville for more than 26 years. In ESI’s first four years, she has expanded the program to include more than 100 publicly-owned utilities in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington with projects in a variety of market segments, including pulp and paper, wood products, food processing, high technology, water/wastewater, mining and others.
Through the Energy Smart Industrial program, BPA and publicly owned electric utilities provide Northwest industries a variety of resources to achieve cost-effective energy savings.
“BPA, its Energy Smart Industrial program and Jennifer Eskil, the Bonneville staffer who sparked the program, all deserve our thanks and celebration,” said Sara Patton, executive director, NW Energy Coalition. “They exemplify the innovation, hard work and vision that makes our region a model for the nation in delivering the enormous potential of energy efficiency in all sectors of our economy."
BPA and Northwest publicly owned utilities administer programs that pursue cost-effective energy savings in all sectors of the economy in support of the region’s energy conservation goals set by the
Northwest Power and Conservation Council
. Recent results show that industrial energy efficiency continues to be a wise investment. In its first two years of implementation, the program delivered more than three times the industrial savings from the previous two years, and costs per megawatt of savings came in 25 percent below target. In 2011, Energy Smart Industrial brought in more than 28 average megawatts of energy savings. And the forecast continues to look promising as the program expects to deliver substantial industrial savings in 2012 and 2013.
Energy efficiency has substantial benefits for the Northwest. By slashing the region’s demand for energy, BPA can help keep power costs low, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the need for expensive new power plants. It also helps Northwest businesses stretch their dollars further.
“By cutting electricity costs we’re putting money back in the pockets of Northwest businesses, which helps the bottom line and makes them more competitive,” Génecé added.
Energy efficiency has been the Northwest’s favorite resource for more than three decades. Since 1980, BPA and its partners have saved the region’s energy consumers more than 1,400 average megawatts or about one-and-a-half times the energy produced by a typical nuclear plant in a year.
Earlier this month, BPA released its
Case for Conservation
, which included an agency analysis of the value of energy efficiency in terms of equivalent amount of power on the wholesale market. It revealed that without the investments in energy efficiency between 2001 and 2011, the agency’s costs could have been approximately $750 million to $1.7 billion higher between 2001 and 2022.
promotes the advancement of energy saving policies, programs, technologies, investments and behaviors. A committee from ACEEE’s board of directors chose four
Champion of Energy Efficiency Award
winners from over 75 nominations based on impact, innovation and leadership in the energy efficiency field. In March, ACEEE recognized ESI as one of the “best of the best" utility energy efficiency programs with its “Exemplary Program” award.
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