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August 25, 2004

Northwest Alliance Devotes $14 Million to Energy Efficiency

A man attends to a large piece of machinery at a paper production facility.

The Alliance is committing $11 million to improve energy efficiency in industrial plants, such as this paper production facility.
Credit: Voith Sulzer Paper Technology

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance allocated $11 million in late July for an initiative that will encourage energy efficiency in industries throughout the region. The Alliance will target food processing and pulp and paper plants in the Northwest, as well as the corporations that own and operate them. The Alliance will also work with industrial equipment and service suppliers, encouraging them to market systems optimization services and higher efficiency equipment to their customers.

In addition to the industrial energy efficiency initiative, the Alliance will spend $2.2 million on energy efficiency information projects and $925,000 on an effort to improve the efficiency of computer power-supply products.

The Alliance is a non-profit corporation supported by electric utilities, public benefits administrators, state governments, consumer groups and efficiency industry representatives. The $14-million energy efficiency initiative is expected to save nearly 130 megawatts of electricity by 2015. The funds cover the first four years of the six- year initiative. See the Alliance press release.