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Port of Skagit Targets Energy Savings

Burlington -- The Port of Skagit Board of Commissioners has approved a new Resource Conservation Plan with a goal of reducing energy consumption in port-occupied facilities by 10 percent from 2008 levels within two years.

Developed by the port’s Conservation Task Force in cooperation with the Skagit Council of Governments’ Resource Conservation Management Program, the new 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 SCOG program, which is funded by Puget Sound Energy, and all are adopting similar plans. In 2008, the port spent $21,989 on electricity and natural gas in port-controlled facilities, so a cut of 10 percent would represent a significant savings for taxpayers in the port district.

“I congratulate the Port of Skagit for its leadership role as the first of the nine local jurisdictions in the SCOG RCM Program to adopt a comprehensive Resource Conservation Plan to address utility usage at work,” said Ric Boge, Resource Conservation Manager for the Skagit Council of Governments. “A key element of the Resource Conservation Management Program is to engage employees in efforts to reduce utility costs. Wasteful habits, especially with energy use, are a poor use of public funds. Changing wasteful habits with utility usage at work can yield significant savings, which can then be directed to more important purposes.”

Sara K. Young, the port’s Manager of Planning and Environmental Services, said Resource Conservation Plan will concentrate 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 success of the program centers on behavior change,” Young said. “Simple measures such as turning off lights, adjusting thermostats, and dressing in layers can make a significant difference in overall energy use.”

Young 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.

About the Port of Skagit: Guided by the mission “Jobs for Our Community,” the Port of Skagit owns and operates three key facilities: the Skagit Regional Airport, the Bayview Business Park and the La Conner Marina. Combined, these three facilities are home to more than 80 businesses that employ in excess of 1,000 people.

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