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Energy Savings Add Up at Port of Skagit
The Port of Skagit continues to have success at reducing its energy usage. The port was the top performer in the Skagit Council of Governments’ Resource Conservation Program for 2008-2010.
For the two-year period, the port achieved a combined 14.7-percent reduction in its consumption of electricity and natural gas, according to a report issued by Ric Boge, resource conservation manager for SCOG. The City of Sedro-Woolley, with a 10.5 percent MBtu reduction, was second among the nine local agencies participating in the 3-year RCM Program. In December, the port learned it had achieved a 17.6-percent decrease in electricity usage, saving the port $2,801 in energy costs, for the two-year period ending July 2010.
The Board of Commissioners approved a new Resource Conservation Plan in January 2009 with a goal of reducing energy consumption in port-occupied facilities by 10 percent from 2008 levels by 2012. The plan concentrates on no-cost and low-cost conservation measures in six areas where significant improvements can be effected:
- Facility lighting;
- Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems;
- Domestic water heaters;
- Electrical appliances and equipment;
- Domestic water use and irrigation; and
- Solid waste and recycling.
The program focuses on the five buildings that the port inhabits: the administration building and airport terminal, maintenance shop and fire truck building at Skagit Regional Airport; and the port’s office and maintenance shop at La Conner Marina. It does not encompass tenant-occupied buildings at the airport, the marina and Bayview Business Park.