Changemaker Andrea Caudill is challenging business as usual to make it more sustainable and climate resilient
Energy Trust Blog
by Energy Trust
2d ago
This is a part of a series of blog posts amplifying community voices. In her role as a Climate and Energy Consultant at Port of Portland, Andrea Caudill is in the thick of decarbonization planning, including projects for electrification, hydrogen, sustainable aviation fuel, efficiency and renewable energy. She has also served on the Clean Air Construction regional collaborative, and Energy Trust’s own Net Zero Fellowship Advisory Board. What drew you to your work in energy and climate? Ever since I was a young kid, I’ve been conscious of how people and cities affect the environment. I grew up ..read more
Visit website
Bike shop shifts from fluorescent to LED lights
Energy Trust Blog
by Energy Trust
5d ago
After 20 years working for the State, Eric Clough envisioned starting a bike shop on the Coos Bay waterfront. Energy Trust for Business lights the way for a small business in Coos Bay Planning for retirement, Eric Clough recognized his passions: birds and bikes. The former project manager for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, embarked on international birding trips and found camaraderie among bike enthusiasts. Before starting his own bike shop, the “always” bike commuter Clough volunteered at various community shops around the world, accumulating a collection of commemorative te ..read more
Visit website
Annual report highlights Energy Trust’s collaborations, community benefits in 2023
Energy Trust Blog
by Energy Trust
1w ago
Energy Trust has released its 2023 annual report that highlights benefits to customers and communities as well as results toward its 2020-2024 Strategic Plan and diversity, equity and inclusion goals. The 2023 results go beyond energy savings and generation. While Energy Trust exceeded its energy goals, it also launched new programs and partnerships that support people and businesses as they navigate rising costs and the effects of climate change. That’s the case with Community Partner Funding, which offers higher incentives through trusted community-based organizations that serve families wit ..read more
Visit website
Larger incentives reduce costs for adding solar + storage
Energy Trust Blog
by Energy Trust
2w ago
Energy Trust just increased certain solar and battery storage incentives to help make it easier for homeowners to go solar and add battery storage for backup power. On April 29, the standard battery storage incentive doubled to $500 per kilowatt-hour, up to a maximum of $6,000 per home. Portland General Electric and Pacific Power customers are eligible. Homeowners can use this incentive to help reduce the cost of installing solar + storage or if they want to add storage to their existing solar system. PGE customers who meet income qualifications are eligible for larger Solar Within Reach incen ..read more
Visit website
Solar savings serve kids in Southern Oregon clubs
Energy Trust Blog
by Energy Trust
2w ago
Photos courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley  The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley serve a critical need in Southern Oregon, providing a positive, fun and safe after-school place for children in grades K-12. With support from Energy Trust of Oregon, the nonprofit recently installed a second solar energy project, this time at their Illinois Valley Club in Kerby. Solar is helping to lower energy bills and free up more dollars for staffing and services for the kids. With six clubs in the Grants Pass area serving 3,600 students, the Boys & Girls Clubs or ..read more
Visit website
Alicia Moore becomes Energy Trust’s first director of diversity, equity and inclusion
Energy Trust Blog
by Energy Trust
3w ago
Alicia Moore recently joined Energy Trust as its first director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) services following a competitive national search. Energy Trust began investing in DEI more than a decade ago with the realization that certain communities and customers were not seeing the full benefit of its investments on behalf of ratepayers. This includes communities of color, rural communities and customers with low and moderate incomes. Energy Trust created its first DEI Plan in 2018, formed a Diversity Advisory Council made up of stakeholders representing priority customer groups in ..read more
Visit website
Oregon receives $86 million to help more households add solar
Energy Trust Blog
by Energy Trust
3w ago
In the coming years, Energy Trust will help administer one of the largest ever investments to connect more people to solar energy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is awarding Oregon an $86.6 million Solar for All grant to help bring solar to individuals and families with lower incomes. The grant is part of the Biden Administration’s $7 billion Solar for All program created by the Inflation Reduction Act. Oregon’s Solar for All program will be administered through Energy Trust and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and run by the Oregon Department of Energy (ODO ..read more
Visit website
City of Redmond saves energy with fully funded insulation upgrades
Energy Trust Blog
by Energy Trust
3w ago
Dusty Hood, parks and facilities division manager for the City of Redmond Public Works Department, was in the midst of a roof replacement project for one of the city’s warehouse buildings when he noticed major issues with the roof’s insulation as well. “It was an old metal roof with three layers of tar on it,” said Hood. “The insulation was so old, it crumbled and leaked.” He soon realized that fixing the leaky roof of the 17,500-square-foot warehouse was just the beginning of the project he originally pursued. The facility, used by his department to store 95 percent of the city’s parks and st ..read more
Visit website
Oregon to be among first to apply for new federal home energy rebates
Energy Trust Blog
by Energy Trust
1M ago
Oregon is one step closer to receiving significant federal resources to make homes more energy-efficient and lower energy bills. In March 2024, the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) submitted its applications for funding for Oregon’s new home energy rebate programs offered through the U.S. Department of Energy and created by the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act. If approved, ODOE will partner with Energy Trust to bring millions of dollars in additional savings to Oregonians across Energy Trust’s service area. ODOE estimates these rebates would be available to customers in early 2025, pending fede ..read more
Visit website
Irrigation incentives help Oregon farmers save water and lower costs
Energy Trust Blog
by Energy Trust
1M ago
For farmers all over Oregon, water is essential to their business. Using it efficiently is a priority to help control costs and manage the effects of long-term drought. Energy Trust of Oregon is helping farmers invest in new irrigation equipment and processes that allow them to save both water and energy. Older irrigation equipment is prone to leaks that waste water. Energy Trust offers rebates on replacement equipment like sprinklers and gaskets to make your system more watertight. You can also receive incentives on pump and irrigation system upgrades that improve efficiency and lower costs ..read more
Visit website

Follow Energy Trust Blog on FeedSpot

Continue with Google
Continue with Apple
OR