In December, the alliance hosted its sixth annual Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards ceremony to celebrate organizations, teams and individuals who have shown exemplary dedication to furthering efficiency in the region and beyond.
This Q&A series highlights the impressive efforts of the award recipients, starting with:
Read the full responses below and stay tuned for the second round of Q&A’s with the remaining winners.
The Hydraulic Institute (HI) was recognized with the Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award for Innovation for its Energy Rating Program, which allows users to view and verify data that indicate the power savings obtained from a pump system upgrade. The program offers the largest database in North America for easy identification of pump technologies that capture energy and cost savings. The program also includes Utility Resources, a collection of tools and educational materials designed to drive the development and implementation of incentive programs that advance pump system energy savings, while helping utilities meet regulatory goals and providing direct value to customers.
Pump energy consumption can be complicated to the untrained eye, so the Energy Rating (ER) program is unique because it takes the data and provides a label that clearly communicates relative energy savings for each specific pump compared to similar pumps available on the market. The ER Program was the first public database to provide qualified energy efficiency data for pumps. This provides a verified resource that can be used to incentivize the adoption of pumps that will reduce energy demand. Additionally, the ER program provides Utility Resources so utilities can more easily develop programs for pumps and use the ER database for their qualified product list.
This year, the alliance added the Chairperson’s Award, an honor bestowed by NEEA’s Board chair and executive director in recognition of individual dedication and effective, long-term commitment to advancing energy efficiency. The inaugural recipient of this award is Larry Blaufus, who retired from Clark Public Utilities in 2019 after being actively involved in the proliferation of energy efficiency in the Northwest since 1978.
Larry's five most memorable accomplishments:
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