OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee today honored nine industrial companies in Washington for outstanding leadership in improved energy performance at the third annual Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards ceremony in Olympia.

“Energy efficiency means an improved bottom line for industries,” Inslee said. “A thriving industrial sector helps create and keep jobs in our state, support a strong economy and provide a cleaner environment for future generations.”

This year, six Governor’s Awards and three Sponsor’s Awards were presented.

Governor’s Awards:

• The Boeing Co. for Leadership by Example, with Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light and Snohomish PUD as the serving utilities.

• The City of Tacoma Central Wastewater Treatment Plant for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Tacoma Power as the serving utility.

• Quincy Foods, LLC for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Grant County PUD and Cascade Natural Gas as the serving utilities.

• Shields Bag & Printing Co. for Leadership in Innovation, with Pacific Power and Cascade Natural Gas as the serving utilities.

• Lineage Logistics honorable mention for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Puget Sound Energy as the serving utility.

• Inland Empire Paper Co. honorable mention for Leadership in Innovation, with Avista Utilities as the serving utility.

Sponsor’s Awards:

• North Pacific Paper Corp. for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Cowlitz PUD as the serving utility.

• Inland Empire Paper Co. for Leadership in Innovation, with Avista Utilities as the serving utility.

• King & Prince and UniSea, which share a facility, joint award for Leadership in Innovation, with Puget Sound Energy as the serving utility.

Twenty applications were submitted, according to Christine Love, Washington State University Energy Program industrial services manager: “Tonight’s award winners represent the companies that ranked highest among this inspiring group.”

“Industry leaders face increasing pressure to reduce operating costs and find a more sustainable way to do business,” said Jake Fey, director of the WSU program. “The most innovative industry leaders realize that they can accomplish both of these goals by enhancing energy efficiency.”

The Washington Industrial Energy Leaders program recognizes companies that are making exceptional progress toward improved energy efficiency. The program is sponsored by the WSU Energy Program, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Washington State Department of Commerce and Bonneville Power Administration, the program’s founding sponsor.

“BPA is very proud of the energy achievements of this year’s award winners,” said Richard Génecé, BPA vice president of energy efficiency. “Their commitments to efficiency and innovative approaches are examples of why the Northwest is a national leader in energy efficiency.”

The ceremony included Inslee, executives from industry and their serving utilities, state leaders and representatives from energy efficiency organizations.

 

Contacts:
Sheila Riggs, WSU Energy Program, 360-956-2074, slriggs@wsu.edu
Joel Scruggs, BPA Public Affairs, 503-230-5511, jlscruggs@bpa.gov