Washington State Paper Producers Honored for Leadership in Energy Performance

Dec. 6, 2012 - Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire on Dec. 5 honored five industrial companies in Washington for their outstanding leadership in improved energy performance at the first Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards ceremony at the State Capitol.

Among the companies that were recognized was Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging (Longview, Washington), which received a Governor's Award for "Leadership in Energy Performance."

In addition, North Pacific Paper Corporation (NORPAC) received an award for "Leadership in Innovation."

"Every bit of energy saved by our industries adds to their bottom line and at the same time protects our environment and preserves our natural heritage,” said Gov. Gregoire. "I’m very proud of the innovation of these Washington companies — a commitment that leads to a stronger economy and a cleaner environment. I thank them for leading the way.”

Jake Fey, director of the Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program, said, "Industry leaders are facing increased pressure to reduce operating costs and to do business in a more sustainable fashion. "The most innovative are realizing that enhanced energy efficiency allows them to meet and accomplish both of these goals.”

The Washington Industrial Energy Leaders program was designed to recognize companies that are making exceptional progress toward improved energy efficiency. The program is sponsored by the WSU Energy Program, Washington State Department of Commerce, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and U.S. Department of Energy. Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is the program’s founding sponsor.

A total of 25 award applications were submitted, according to Christine Love, WSU Energy Program industrial services manager.

"The selection committee members agreed that each application highlighted outstanding accomplishments for the nominating businesses,” she said. "The Governor’s Award winners represent the companies that ranked highest among this impressive group.”

SOURCE: WSU News (Washington State University)