New Opportunities & Lasting Benefits

In 2013, we responded to evolving customer needs and market changes with strategies that created new opportunities and helped us deliver to our goals. The bottom line? Expanded energy efficiency and renewable power generation at 69,000 locations.

Regional Results

Families, businesses and communities benefit from our work across the state.

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Performance

We delivered to 2013 goals, keeping costs low and performance high.

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Year in Review

“Oregonians rely on Energy Trust of Oregon to get more from their energy in homes and businesses. With proven expertise and a focus on innovation, we deliver.”
- MARGIE HARRIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Read Margie's Message

Year in Review
  • With a diverse portfolio of services, we delivered to our goals and kept costs low in 2013. By pursuing new opportunities and adapting quickly to market changes, we served customer needs across the state.

    In 2013:

    Invested $129 million in energy-efficiency and renewable energy programs and incentives that will produce energy bill savings of $515 million over time for participants.

  • Provided customers with $67 million in direct cash and service incentives.

    Added $175 million to Oregon’s economy, including $60 million in wages, $15 million in small business income and 1,100 full-time jobs lasting a year.

    Delivered Oregon’s most affordable energy. At just 2.4 cents/kWh and 33 cents/therm, efficiency costs 33 percent less than electricity and 67 percent less than natural gas.

  • Cultivated clean energy generation from a range of renewable resources.

    Supported local jobs, wages and businesses by working with nearly 2,700 trade ally contractors and allied businesses.

    Delivered to our goals by exceeding the electric efficiency goal, nearly meeting the natural gas efficiency goal and making progress to the renewable generation goal.

  • Earned high customer satisfaction, with 97 percent of customers satisfied with Energy Trust representatives and 93 percent satisfied overall.

    Fulfilled our commitment to accountability in reporting on financial, savings, generation and operational performance.

    See complete results from 2013.

  • Since 2002:

    Created a virtual power plant. We have saved and generated enough energy to power Multnomah County homes and heat Deschutes County homes for about a year.

    Supported energy-efficiency and renewable energy improvements at 560,000 locations around the state.

Homes
  • With many options, homeowners and renters connected with the benefits of energy savings in ways that worked for them. Local trade ally contractors made it easy.

    In 2013:

    Invested $47 million in services and incentives, which will produce utility bill savings of $174 million over time for residential customers.

    Supported energy-saving improvements in nearly 63,000 newly built homes and existing homes.

  • Completed a three-year effort to help a small test group of PGE and NW Natural customers learn to better manage their energy use by providing them with bi-monthly personal energy reports. Launched a similar offer for a portion of Pacific Power customers.

    Delivered 13,886 no-cost custom Energy Saver Kits, and collaborated with low-income agencies to distribute more than 7,000 Carry Home the Savings kits.

  • Recycled 16,176 old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers and helped customers donate more than $30,000 in refrigerator recycling incentives to Oregon Food Bank. Learn how a Sweet Home man recycled his fridge and helped others.

    Helped customers save energy and money through efficient television and lighting initiatives led by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

  • Released EPS™, an energy performance score for existing homes, and completed the 4,000th EPS-rated new home since 2009. More than 7,000 new and existing homes received EPS in 2013, and 21 percent of new homes built in Oregon were EPS-rated.

    Increased the number of weatherization, window, ductless heat pump and gas hearth projects, including 8,586 weatherization retrofits. Learn how a Portland couple weatherized for savings and comfort.

  • Drove sales of more than 2 million compact fluorescent light bulbs and LEDs, 15,322 efficient washing machines and 4,220 efficient refrigerators and freezers.

    Launched a pilot of 177 web-enabled Nest thermostats to measure energy use and consumer behavior through the 2013-2014 heating season.

    See complete residential activities and results from 2013.

Business
  • Businesses of all sizes connected with the power of efficiency. Established programs and new resources helped reduce costs and improve efficiency.

    In 2013:

    Invested $52 million in services and incentives, which will produce utility bill savings of $221 million over time for business owners and multifamily property owners who made improvements at more than 4,600 locations.

  • Expanded commercial Strategic Energy Management into a second year, helping participating customers benchmark energy performance and implement low- and no-cost energy-efficiency improvements.

    Supported construction of large, energy-efficient data centers, achieving dramatic savings at low cost.

  • Enrolled a record number of commercial new construction projects and introduced incentives and services packages tailored to small business needs. Learn how the Oregon Department of Transportation built an efficient, solar-powered building in Bend.

    Turned on the savings with efficient lighting projects, including reduced-price LEDs that helped small commercial customers save 600,000 kWh and 12,500 LED streetlight upgrades completed with PGE. Learn how Hanscam’s Bowling Center scored savings with a lighting upgrade.

  • Increased installation of efficient gas kitchen equipment through a special promotion targeted at foodservice operations.

    Helped 15 small commercial facilities tap into the City of Portland’s Bucks for Buildings program, which provided additional rebates for projects that qualified for Energy Trust incentives.

  • Doubled multifamily participation over 2012 by serving more than 19,600 dwelling units in 1,660 multifamily properties, including apartments, campus living facilities, assisted living facilities and affordable housing. Learn how a Seaside assisted living facility improved efficiency.

    Installed energy-saving light bulbs, showerheads and faucet aerators in multifamily properties, helping renters save energy and money at a very low cost.

  • Developed the Mpower Oregon pilot with other organizations to help affordable housing properties finance energy upgrades through on-bill repayment.

    Introduced the first commercial-only lending ally to finance efficiency upgrades in existing buildings and multifamily properties.

    Supported energy-efficiency improvements at 185 Oregon schools, and worked with the Oregon Department of Energy to serve 11 school districts through the Cool Schools program.

    See complete commercial activities and results from 2013.

Industry
  • Strategies to reach industrial customers of all sizes drove a record number of projects. And trade allies stepped up in a growing role.

    In 2013:

    Invested $28 million in projects at 800 locations, triggering energy bill savings of $121 million over time for industrial and agricultural businesses.

    Completed a record-breaking 1,021 energy-efficiency projects, a 5 percent increase over 2012.

  • Completed the 2,000th small industrial efficiency project through a streamlined initiative that trade allies deliver directly to customers, a growing source of savings.

    Continued to expand savings from industrial Strategic Energy Management projects, with more than 50 sites participating. Learn how Boise Cascade’s Kinzua Lumber sawmill saved more than $99,000 through this approach.

    Introduced the Core Improvement Pilot, a Strategic Energy Management offering designed for small- to-medium-sized industrial customers.

  • Expanded natural gas savings by 46 percent over 2012, largely through projects with greenhouse owners.

    Expanded electricity savings by nearly 10 percent over 2012, largely through a large industrial project and highly successful Strategic Energy Management results.

    Saved 2.9 million kWh through a coaching program that trains industrial refrigeration system operators in operations and maintenance best practices.

  • Boosted high-tech sector participation and introduced a new offering that helps large, high-tech companies achieve savings quickly through operations and maintenance improvements.

    See complete industrial and agricultural activities and results from 2013.

Renewable Energy
  • Solar, biopower, wind and hydropower projects added renewable energy to our grid. And with market and early development assistance, we built a pipeline of promising solar, biopower, wind, hydropower and geothermal projects.

    In 2013:

    Helped Oregonians install small-scale renewable energy systems for 2.9 aMW in annual generation in 2013. Since 2002, Energy Trust has supported installation of more than 6,100 renewable energy systems generating 112 aMW.

  • Provided incentives for 881 solar electric systems in 2013, including the 5,000th residential solar system supported by Energy Trust incentives. Learn about the Portland family who installed the system.

    Funded two biopower projects that help Oregon dairies and agricultural operations solve waste management issues and generate energy in Tillamook and Junction City. Learn about the JC-Biomethane project.

  • Supported two hydropower projects in Corbett and Hood River and three wind projects in Independence, Newberg and Scotts Mills.

    Increased commercial solar incentives to offset the loss of state energy tax credits, doubling commercial project reservations for 2014.

    Enrolled the first six solar design allies in a new solar-ready offering, preparing them to help commercial developers integrate solar into new building designs.

  • Provided project development assistance to help 22 emerging hydropower, wind and geothermal projects with design, permitting and feasibility studies, resource characterization and wind speed monitoring.

    Co-funded a Farmers Conservation Alliance case study that demonstrates the environmental benefits of hydropower generation.

    See complete renewable energy activities and results from 2013.

Trade Allies
  • Local trade allies connected customers with Energy Trust services. We provide them with a variety of resources to hone their skills and build their businesses.

    In 2013:

    Provided customers with quality, local services through our Trade Ally Network and program allies. In 2013, 1,614 trade allies and 827 other allied businesses were active across Oregon and southwest Washington. Learn how Energy Trust supports a long-time trade ally in Roseburg.

  • Expanded training, services and online tools to support trade allies, including a new commercial “Allies for Efficiency” training series and mentoring, training and lending connections for Home Performance contractors.

    Worked with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance to create a digital platform that streamlines the process for builders to submit a new home for EPS, an energy performance score.

  • Engaged non-lighting commercial trade allies, helping them identify energy-efficiency opportunities outside their specialty areas.

    Introduced the first commercial-only lending ally to finance efficiency upgrades in existing buildings and multifamily properties.

  • Supported 429 trade allies with business development funds to offset marketing and training costs and provide equipment discounts.

    Engaged disadvantaged, minority, women and emerging small business owners through events and other outreach.

    Added 264 new trade ally contractors to the network.

  • Bill savings add up: $3 billion over time

    $4 billion saved on bills
    over time

    When customers invest in energy efficiency and solar electric systems, they save with lower utility bills year after year. With these savings, families can focus on other needs and businesses can invest in growth. Since 2002, Energy Trust has invested $968 million to help participating Oregonians save $1.7 billion on their energy bills. Over time, the savings will add up to $4 billion.

  • $2.7 billion into the economy

    $3 billion into the economy

    Lower energy bills free up resources that flow into the economy, expanding purchasing power and creating jobs, higher wages and new business income. Energy Trust has cumulatively added
    $3 billion to the local economy since 2002, including $930 million in wages, $180 million in small business income and 2,500 jobs lasting a decade. Source: Independent 2014 study by Pinnacle Economics

  • Leveraging investments in renewable generation

    Leveraging investments in renewable generation

    Energy Trust investments nurture renewable energy generation, providing resources that help move projects off the drawing board. With $8.2 million in project development assistance and installation incentives, Energy Trust helped leverage $67 million in renewable energy investments in 2013. Systems installed will generate more than 25,000 megawatt hours annually.

  • Breathing easier with less CO2

    Cleaner air, less CO2

    We all breathe easier when we use less energy from traditional power plants and fossil fuels. Energy Trust investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy have kept 10 million tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere—equivalent to removing 1.8 million cars from Oregon roads for one year. It’s a win for clean air and the environment.

  • 80% Small Business
    Powered by small businesses

    Supporting small businesses

    A powerful network of nearly 2,700 local businesses help deliver Energy Trust services to customers in Oregon and southwest Washington. Of those, 82 percent are small businesses with 20 workers or less. Together, contractors report that they employ 14,400 people who work on Energy Trust projects.

  • Creating a clean energy power plant

    Investments at 560,000 customer locations

    From homes, apartment buildings and care facilities, to manufacturing plants, commercial buildings and public schools, Energy Trust investments are making a difference across Oregon. Since 2002, Energy Trust has supported energy-efficiency and renewable energy improvements at 560,000 locations, saving and generating 548 average megawatts and saving 33.1 million annual therms.

  • Delivering the most affordable energy

    Energy efficiency is the lowest-cost energy we can buy, just a fraction of the cost utilities would typically pay. For every $1 we invest in energy efficiency, ratepayers save $2.80. Overall, ratepayers and utilities will save approximately $1.5 billion from utilities not needing to invest in additional generation, transmission, distribution or fuel purchases.

Performance

In 2013, Energy Trust delivered to energy-efficiency and renewable power generation goals while keeping costs low.

Progress to Annual Goals

Exceeded electric savings goal

Close to meeting natural gas savings goal

Progressed to renewable generation goal


— Achieved 57.8 aMW
— Goal 55.8 aMW
— Goal 5.4 million annual therms
— Achieved 5.3 million annual therms
— Goal 4.4 aMW
— Achieved 2.9 aMW

Savings Needed for Utility Integrated Resource Plans

PGE
122% of target

Pacific Power
133% of target


— Achieved 35.6 aMW
— Goal 29.2 aMW
— Achieved 22.2 aMW
— Goal 16.7 aMW

NW Natural
138% of target

Cascade Natural Gas
86% of target


— Achieved 5.0 million annual therms
— Goal 3.6 million annual therms
— Goal 405,844 annual therms
— Achieved 347,091 annual therms

Growing Amount of Annual Savings Over Time

Annual electric savings more than doubled over the last five years

Annual natural gas savings increased 93% over the last five years

Annual renewable generation increased 8% over the last five years


Electric Savings +84% over 5 years
Gas Savings +125% Over 5 years
Renewable generation up 91% over 4 years

OPUC Performance Measures

Energy Trust met or exceeded every Oregon Public Utility Commission performance measure for 2013, keeping administrative and program support costs low at 4 percent, receiving high marks on customer satisfaction, and demonstrating good stewardship of ratepayer dollars by earning an unmodified opinion from an independent financial auditor.

Category 2013 Performance Measures 2013 Result Met
Electric Efficiency At least 47.0 aMW yearly savings Levelized cost not to exceed 3.9 cents/kWh 57.8 aMW
2.4 cents/kWh levelized
check
Natural Gas Efficiency At least 4.6 million therms yearly savings
Levelized cost not to exceed 57 cents/therm
5.3 million therms
33 cents/therm
check
Renewable Energy
  1. Report project development assistance results
  2. At least 0.66 aMW standard net-metered projects
  3. Not to exceed $40/MWh for non-solar custom projects
  4. Report selection criteria if any custom solar project funding
  1. Delivered $492,000 for 22 projects
  2. Standard solar generation 0.72 aMW
  3. Allocated $15.11/MWh on a 3-yr rolling avg
  4. Dedicated funding for two custom solar projects
check
Financial Integrity Unqualified financial opinion, annually Unmodified (unqualified) check
Administrative and Program Support Costs Below 9% of annual revenues 4% check
Customer Satisfaction Greater than 85% satisfaction rates for interactions with program representatives and overall satisfaction Received 97% and 93% satisfaction, respectively check
Benefit/Cost Ratios Report both utility system and total resource benefit/cost ratios annually with a mid-year update if significant changes All benefit/cost ratios were greater than 1.0* and no mid-year update needed check

* In May 2014, when NEEA officially reported 2013 annual savings, it was found the total resource benefit/cost ratio was approximately 1.0. This data was not available at time of Energy Trust’s official annual report publication date of April 15, and as such, the full report indicates the ratio is below 1.0.

Progress Toward Strategic Plan Goals

Energy Trust developed a 2010-2014 Strategic Plan to provide a long-range perspective for program goals and activities. Including 2013 results, the following show progress to the five-year goals:

Electric Efficiency

Natural Gas Efficiency

Renewable Energy Generation


— Achieved 436 aMW (91% of goal)
— Goal 479 aMW
— Achieved 33.1 million annual
       therms (95% of goal)
— Goal 34.7 million annual therms
— Achieved 112 aMW (91% of goal)
— Goal 124 aMW

Savings by Sector

Electricity Savings and Costs

Sector Savings (aMW*) Levelized Cost/kWh**
Commercial 24.79 2.2 Cents
Industrial 17.05 2.1 Cents
Residential 15.96 3.0 Cents
Total 57.8 2.4 Cents

Natural Gas Savings and Costs

Sector Savings (Therms) Levelized Cost/Therm**
Commercial 2,180,585 26 Cents
Industrial 1,049,445 23 Cents
Residential 2,079,520 45 Cents
Total 5,309,550 33 Cents

Renewable Energy Generation and Costs

Program aMW* generated Levelized Cost/Kwh**
Biopower 2.13 0.7 Cents
Solar Electric 0.72 7.2 Cents
Other Renewables 0.02 52.7 Cents
Total 2.87 2.7 Cents

* One average megawatt, aMW, of electricity is the generation of one megawatt every hour for one year.
** Levelized cost is Energy Trust’s total cost to save or generate each unit of energy over the life of the measure (which ranges from two to 20 years or more)

Financials

Overview

These financial highlights are excerpts from independently audited financial statements prepared by Moss Adams LLP. See the full set of audited financials for 2013.

Balance sheet

Assets $105,812,341
Liabilities $27,881,769
Net Assets $77,930,572

Net Assets

Unrestricted $77,852,584
Board Designated $77,988

Expenses by Utility Service Territory

PGE $67,632,143
Pacific Power $40,745,533
NW Natural $20,599,400
Cascade Natural Gas $1,362,940
Clark County PUD $25,799
Total Expenses $130,325,815

Expenses by Type

Energy Efficiency $118,136,628
Renewable Energy $7,918,893
Administration $4,270,294
Total Expenses $130,325,815

Revenues

PGE $83,191,778
Pacific Power $51,366,899
NW Natural $25,492,858
Cascade Natural Gas $2,413,481
Other Sources $109,822
Total Revenues $162,574,838

Customers

  • “With solar, we can make a positive environmental impact and an impact on our energy bills.”
    - Anbu Varatharajan
    5000th Solar
    • ANBU VARATHARAJAN & DURGA NALLATHAMBI

      When solar panels appeared on their neighbor’s roof, Anbu Varatharajan and Durga Nallathambi got curious. They quickly learned that with a solar lease plan, they could tap into the power of the sun with no out-of-pocket costs. Read More

    Energy Savings & Generation

    $700 estimated annual bill savings

    6,270 estimated annual kWh savings and generation

  • “Our employees understand that by saving energy, we’re saving revenue that we can direct back in our business.”
    - Mike Zojonc
    Boise Cascade
    • Boise Cascade

      Employees and managers at Boise Cascade’s Kinzua Lumber worked together to improve operations at the Pilot Rock sawmill. With help from Energy Trust, they implemented energy-saving strategies that saved far more on energy costs than they expected while boosting team morale. Read More

    Energy Savings

    $99,000 estimated annual bill savings

    1.8 million estimated annual kWh savings

  • “The economy has been tough on small businesses, so anything we can save money on is a good deal.”
    - Barry Hanscam
    Hanscam's Bowling Center
    • Hanscam's Bowling Center

      Business is brighter at Hanscam’s Bowling Center. With an LED lighting upgrade, the popular bowling alley struck out high lighting costs. Besides saving money on energy and maintenance, the efficient lighting creates a better experience for customers. Read More

    Energy Savings

    $3,800 estimated annual bill savings

    50,900 estimated annual kWh savings

  • “We had a Home Energy Review and have implemented the recommendations over time, starting with insulation.”
    - Jackie Kohon
    Jun and Jackie
    • Jun Suzuki and Jackie Kohon

      Starting with a free Energy Saver Kit from Energy Trust, Jackie Kohon and Jun Suzuki have gradually transformed their home from cold to cozy. With insulation and other energy-saving improvements, their home is now a model of energy efficiency. Read More

    Energy Savings

    $400 estimated annual bill savings

    2,880 estimated annual kWh savings

    75 estimated annual therm savings

  • “The technology needed a push to show its potential. We were exceptionally fortunate to have backing from Energy Trust.”
    - Dean Foor
    JC Biomethane
    • JC-Biomethane

      The first Pacific Northwest biogas plant to produce electricity from post-consumer commercial food waste came online in 2013. Each year, it will produce enough energy to power about half the homes in Junction City for a year and keep methane out of the atmosphere. Read More

    Energy Generation

    $1 million estimated earnings in power sales

    12,250 estimated annual megawatt hour generation

  • “We have twice as much space now, but we’re saving $7,000 a year on our electricity costs.”
    - Jeff Labhart
    ODOT
    • Oregon Department of Transportation

      In Bend, a new energy-efficient, solar-powered office building helps the Oregon Department of Transportation make the most of energy and taxpayer dollars. Energy Trust resources for small office buildings helped make it possible. Read More

    Energy Savings & Generation

    $7,000 estimated annual bill savings

    98,800 estimated annual kWh savings and generation

    260 estimated annual therm savings

  • “Energy Trust’s air and duct sealing offer has really helped customers more than any other program I’ve seen.”
    - Steve Campbell
    Home Comfort
    • HOME COMFORT INSPECTIONS & SERVICES

      When Energy Trust launched a no-cost duct sealing initiative for mobile and manufactured homes, Steve Campbell started a business. As an Energy Trust trade ally, Home Comfort Inspections & Services has helped 3,000 customers make their homes more comfortable and affordable. Read More

    Trade ally business

    Services for Southern Oregon residents

    3,000 projects completed

  • “Energy Trust made it very easy to switch to energy-saving lighting and showerheads, plus it was free.”
    - Aylee Rhea
    Suzanne Elise Assisted Living
    • Suzanne Elise Assisted Living

      Using energy more efficiently couldn’t have been easier for Avamere’s Suzanne Elise Assisted Living. Energy Trust representatives installed energy-saving shower wands and compact fluorescent light bulbs in 74 apartments at no cost. Read More

    Energy Savings

    $1,500 estimated annual bill savings

    1,450 estimated annual kWh savings

    1,600 estimated annual therm savings

  • “I figured I’d help out somebody else when I recycled my fridge. The $40 goes to a good use.”
    - Gene Chavez
    Gene Chavez
    • Gene Chavez

      What began as an easy way to recycle an old refrigerator turned into a chance to help feed a family. Gene Chavez joined hundreds of Oregonians in donating his Energy Trust fridge recycling incentive to Oregon Food Bank. Read More

    Energy Savings

    $60 estimated annual bill savings

    550 estimated annual kWh savings

Regional Results

See our work around the state

Click on the regions on the map to learn how we’ve helped local families, businesses and communities get more from their energy dollars. Together, they comprise 1.5 million customers of PGE, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas.

Eastern Oregon Central Oregon Southern Oregon Willamette Valley Northwest Oregon Portland Oregon Southwest Washington

About
Energy Trust

    • Energy Trust is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to providing utility customers with the cheapest, cleanest energy available. Through energy-efficiency and renewable energy solutions, we help customers save energy and money—building a brighter, more sustainable energy future and contributing to our local and state economy in positive ways.

    • Our work is funded by and benefits 1.5 million utility customers—Oregon customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power and Cascade Natural Gas, and Oregon and Washington customers of NW Natural.

      Over time, the energy-efficiency investments we’ve made since 2002 will multiply to save participants approximately $4 billion on their utility bills. Our work has helped Oregon become a national leader in energy innovation, accelerating energy savings, renewable generation and economic and environmental benefits.

      View our timeline to see how we’ve served customers over the years.

    Energy Trust Mission
    • An independent board of directors guides our work with input from two advisory councils. Board members represent a diverse range of interests and volunteer their time and expertise. We hold open meetings and publish all agendas, reports, plans and financial statements online in keeping with our commitment to transparency and inclusion.

      2014 Board Pictured: (first row, left to right) Warren Cook, John Reynolds, Debbie Kitchin, Mark Kendall, Dave Slavensky, Alan Meyer and Susan Brodahl; (second row, left to right) Roger Hamilton, Rick Applegate, Anne Root, Dan Enloe, Ken Canon and Melissa Cribbins; (not pictured) Kenneth Mitchell-Phillips Sr. and John Savage.

    • 2013 Board of Directors
      • John Reynolds, Eugene (President)
      • Debbie Kitchin, Portland (Vice President)
      • Alan Meyer, Salem (Secretary)
      • Dan Enloe, Washington County (Treasurer)
      • Rick Applegate, Portland
      • Julie Brandis, Corvallis
      • Ken Canon, Myrtle Creek
      • Roger Hamilton, Eugene
      • Anne Haworth-Root, Medford
      • Mark Kendall, Salem

    • • Jeff King, Portland
      • Kenneth Mitchell-Phillips Sr., Multnomah County
      • Dave Slavensky, Bend
      • Anne Warrington Donnelly, Coos Bay

      Ex-Officio: John Savage, Oregon Public Utility Commission
      Special Advisor: Lisa Schwartz, Oregon Department of Energy

    • 2014 Board of Directors

      New officers include Debbie Kitchin as president and Ken Canon as vice president. In addition, new members are Susan Brodahl (Portland) and Melissa Cribbins (Coos Bay) while Julie Brandis, Anne Warrington Donnelly and Jeff King retired. The Oregon Department of Energy special advisor is Warren Cook.

    • The Conservation Advisory Council and the Renewable Energy Advisory Council assist the board of directors with strategic development and provide guidance on plan implementation. The councils are comprised of interest groups and stakeholders.

    Energy Trust Board of Directors
    • Energy Trust works hand-in-hand with Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas. The energy savings we deliver are a low-cost resource the utilities rely on to meet demand over time and control energy costs. To provide those savings, we collaborate with each utility to provide their customers with effective clean energy services that get results.

    • Examples of 2013 collaboration include:

      Through PGE community offices, Energy Trust distributed 31,155 specialty compact fluorescent light bulbs and 11,985 efficient showerheads.

      Energy Trust and Pacific Power sent personal energy reports to 15,000 high-energy using homes, saving on energy costs for Pacific Power customers.

    • Energy Trust and NW Natural promoted energy-saving opportunities in NW Natural newsletters, bill inserts and at the NW Natural Street of Dreams tour in Portland, which featured all homes rated with EPS.

      Energy Trust expanded residential outreach in northeast Oregon, in collaboration with Cascade Natural Gas field staff in Pendleton and Ontario.

    Utility Collaboration
    • As a steward of ratepayer dollars, Energy Trust works to maintain low operating costs while accelerating energy savings and renewable energy generation and supporting local economies.

      We keep costs low and performance high by maintaining a lean staff, selecting program management and program delivery contractors through competitive processes and leveraging the services of small contractors and other professional businesses across the state.

    • Energy Trust reports its activities, costs and results to the Oregon Public Utility Commission quarterly and annually, measuring actual performance against annual targets set by the OPUC.

      A third party completes independent reports on Energy Trust spending, which the OPUC submits to the Oregon Legislature every other year.

    Energy Trust Stewardship
    • Commitment to rigorous, third-party evaluation makes Energy Trust one of the nation’s most respected energy-efficiency organizations and gives us credibility with the utilities we support. Evaluations allow Energy Trust to validate the savings we deliver, and support continuous improvement by providing information and feedback that guide program refinements.

    • The savings Energy Trust reports, including those shown in this report, undergo an annual “true up” when new evaluation results are incorporated to refine reported savings. The true up process ensures the most accurate energy-savings reporting for Energy Trust funded programs and delivers a validated resource. The True Up 2014 Report will be available to the public online when completed in fall 2014, and 2013 and prior annual savings may be adjusted at that time.

    • In 2013, Oregon was ranked the fourth most energy-efficient state in the nation on the annual scorecard issued by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. ACEEE recognized Energy Trust’s New Buildings and Production Efficiency programs with Exemplary Program Awards in early 2013. And in a separate report, ACEEE cited the multifamily initiative for achieving energy and cost savings in multifamily buildings.

    • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes Energy Trust as a Green Power Partner for reducing the environmental impacts of electricity use and supporting development of new renewable generation.

      Energy Trust has received recognition from ENERGY STAR for our outstanding programs and promotions over the years.

    Energy Trust Leadership