Since 2002, Energy Trust of Oregon have saved and generated 728 average megawatts of electricity and 52 million annual therms of natural gas. This is enough energy to power Multnomah and Washington counties while heating Deschutes County homes. ETO has saved enough energy equal to the output of a power plant and reduced reliance on fossil fuels. In total, they have invested $1.5 billion to save customers more than $6.9 billion on their energy bills over time. They have also added $5.7 billion to the local economy, including $1.7 billion in wages, $312 million in small business income and employment equal to 4,700 full-time jobs lasting a decade. Carbon emissions have been cut by nearly 20 million tons, equal to removing 3.5 million cars from the roads for a year. Efficiency remains the least expensive energy resource Oregonians can buy. This affordable energy supply helps utilities avoid investment in new and more expensive energy resources. The following articles are just two examples of such success stories.
Deschutes Enjoys a Long Draft of Energy-Cost Savings
Deschutes Brewery has a long history of engaging in energy-efficiency projects, and is reaping the rewards: $34,500 in estimated annual energy cost savings.
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