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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

The splendor of energy efficiency

March 24, 2015

Energy Trust of Oregon awarded the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) for their dedication to green energy. 

Energy Trust is a statewide nonprofit that promotes energy conservation and renewable energy sources. 

As one of its services, the nonprofit provides cash incentives to public agencies and nonprofit organizations that work to conserve and generate renewable energy.  Recently, BES received an incentive check for $284,810 for one of their projects!

BES’ award-winning project involved making aeration tanks at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant more energy efficient.  The machines that blow air into the aeration tanks use more power than any other equipment at the plant.  Modifying those blowers to use less electricity reduces energy costs, which means long term cost savings for ratepayers!

This isn’t BES’ first time getting an incentive check from Energy Trust.  In 2008, the bureau installed a co-generation system that used biogas as fuel to generate power and heat for plant operations. 

Congrats to the Bureau of Environmental Services for their success and dedication to being energy efficient!