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Port Beats Goal for Energy Savings

Burlington – Efforts to reduce electricity usage at the Port of Skagit are exceeding their goals, the port commissioners learned on Tuesday. For the two-year period ending July 2010, the port achieved a 17.6-percent decrease in electricity usage, saving the port $2,801 in energy costs overall.

“Kudos to the port for achieving that significant reduction,” said Ric Boge, resource conservation manager for the Skagit Council of Governments. “Not only are you doing the right thing, but you’re also saving money. Those are dollars that can be put to other uses. And I know that you have a lot of worthwhile uses for that money.”

The Board of Commissioners approved a new Resource Conservation Plan last January with a goal of reducing energy consumption in port-occupied facilities by 10 percent from 2008 levels by 2012. Developed by the port’s Conservation Task Force in cooperation with SCOG’s Resource Conservation Management Program, the plan takes a broad-based approach to energy conservation aimed at achieving maximum efficiency from the utilities necessary for daily operations. The port is one of nine local agencies participating in the 3-year RCM Program administered by SCOG.  The program is funded by the participating agencies and a grant from Puget Sound Energy.

Sara K. Young, the port’s manager of planning and environmental services, said the Resource Conservation 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.

She emphasized that 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.

If you are a reporter seeking information about the Port of Skagit, please call Linda Tyler, Community Outreach Administrator, at 360-757-0011 or email