Port of Longview Moves Ahead With Energy Efficiency Projects

October 22, 2013, The Daily News

Port of Longview commissioners on Tuesday approved $190,000 worth of energy efficiency projects they say will pay for themselves through savings by 2019.

Port officials said the investments are based on a 2011 energy audit by contractor Ameresco. Most projects involve installing energy-efficient lighting and replacing aging conveyor motors, port deputy director Norm Krehbiel said.

The total cost of the project is $188,248. The port has received about $52,000 in state grants and utility incentives to help cover costs. The remaining $136,000 will be offset by reduced energy costs over the next five-and-a-half years, according to the port.

Last year, port officials explored installing solar panels onsite but abandoned the project because it would take too long to recover the high initial cost of installing solar energy equipment, Commissioner Bob Bagaason said.

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