$88M grant supports efficiency


Two Oregon utilities are participating in a federal program to promote user efficiency.

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Milton-Freewater City Light & Power and the Bonneville Power Administration are two of the utilities participating in an ambitious five-state program to encourage efficient energy use among customers.

The program is funded by a $88 million federal grant and could be influential on other utilities throughout the country if the utilities’ efforts prove successful. For its part of the program, Milton-Freewater will install meters that allow customers to monitor their electricity use in real time.

…That will allow the utility to set up a rate structure in which off-peak usage is cheaper, Electrical Superintendent Mike Charlo said.

“(Customers) can make decisions as to whether or not they want to, for example, run a clothes dryer in the daytime or in the evening, when electricity is cheaper,” Charlo said.

Read the full story at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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