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Jim White, senior engineer for Chelan County PUD

PUD’s energy-saving program highlighted in regional magazine

Industrial customers working with Chelan PUD engineer Jim White have saved enough energy over the past three years to power 1,700 Chelan County homes.

White and his work with fruit warehouses is highlighted in an article in the July issue of the Northwest Public Power Association Bulletin. The story focuses on Stemilt Growers of Wenatchee. With guidance from White and funding from Chelan County PUD, Stemilt trimmed energy consumption at its largest fruit packing facility, the Olds Station plant just north of Wenatchee, by 30 percent, for $167,000 in annual savings.

White is Chelan PUD’s senior (and only) energy conservation engineer. He created and coordinates the utility’s Resource$mart program, which is essentially a rebate program. Under Resource$mart, industrial customers can receive up to 15 cents per annual kilowatt-hour saved or 75 percent of the total cost to purchase and install energy efficiency improvements, whichever is less. Commercial customers also participate in Resource$mart but at lower incentive levels of 6 cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity saved.

In addition to providing significant cost savings to industrial and commercial customers, Resource$mart helps the PUD meet conservation targets set under the state Energy Independence Act.

White can be reached at (509) 661-4829 or email  Read the article, and learn more about Resource$mart.

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