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NORTHWEST POWER PLANNING COUNCIL REGIONAL AWARDS HONOR PROJECTS TO IMPROVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY

 PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A low-income housing agency, an orchardist who built an energy-efficient community for his workers, and a cement company with plants in Washington and Montana are among six winners of the Northwest Power Planning Council's first annual Energy Efficiency Awards, the council said today.
 The awards will be presented Feb. 18 in Portland at the Regional Utility Conference, which the council is sponsoring with the Bonneville Power Administration, the Northwest Conservation Act Coalition and others. At the conference, the second in 14 months, chief executives of the region's major utilities will discuss conservation efforts in their service territories.
 Electric utilities around the Northwest nominated projects for the council's Energy Efficiency Awards. Council Chairman Stan Grace will present awards in the following categories:
 -- Residential: The award goes to the Eugene (Oregon) Water & Electric Board and the Housing Authority & Community Services Agency of Lane County. The agencies collaborated on the construction of 31 energy-efficient apartments for low-income families in Eugene.
 -- Total commitment: This is a special category created to recognize a unique project. Orchardist Ralph Broetje of Prescott, Wash., built a community for his farm employees, including 72 homes, 28 apartments, a convenience store and a community center. Columbia Rural Electric Association of nearby Dayton, Wash., helped Broetje secure the expertise and funding to construct all of the buildings to high standards of energy efficiency.
 -- Industrial: The winners are Holnam Cement Inc., Seattle City Light and the Montana Power Co. (NYSE: MTP). They collaborated on projects to improve energy efficiency at Holnam's cement plants in Seattle and Three Forks, Mont. The projects will save the company about $100,000 per year in energy costs in Seattle and $92,000 a year in Montana.
 -- Commercial: Snohomish County (Washington) Public Utility District and Washington Mutual Savings Bank (NASDAQ: WAMU) share this award for collaborating on a project at the bank's branch in Edmonds, Wash. The project included retrofitting the bank's lighting, heating and cooling systems. As a result, energy efficiency of the building was improved by more than 300 percent.
 Honorable mention in this category goes to a project of Tacoma City Light and chemical manufacturer Elf AtoChem Inc. Energy efficiency measures will be installed at the plant during the next 10-12 years, with an expected savings of between 16 and 20 megawatts of electricity. That's enough energy for 9,600 to 12,000 homes.
 -- Innovative program: This award honors Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Power & Light Co. (NYSE: PSD) for joining forces to distribute free water conservation kits to more than 85,000 homes throughout Seattle and eastern King County, Wash. Included in the kits were energy-efficient shower heads, aerators, toilet water-saving devices, toilet leak-detection tablets and water conservation suggestions.
 "Laying the Cornerstone for the Conservation Power Plant" is the theme of the Regional Utility Conference. The region's conservation power plant is not a power plant in the traditional sense. It is being "built" from improved energy efficiency. Its purpose is to meet most of the region's growing demand for electricity with increased energy efficiency.
 In its 1991 Pacific Northwest Conservation and Electric Power Plan, the council calls on the region's utilities to collectively save at least 1,500 megawatts of energy during the next decade, enough for one and a half Seattles.
 The council is an agency of Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington, and is charged by the Northwest Power Act of 1980 with preparing a long- range electric energy plan for the Northwest, and a program to protect and enhance fish and wildlife of the Columbia River Basin.
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 /CONTACT: Linda Gist or John Harrison of the Northwest Power Planning Council, 800-222-3355/
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