LGSD officially receives EPA Grant from OTEC officials

By on Thursday, October 14th, 2021 in More Top Stories Northeastern Oregon News

LA GRANDE – (Update on EPA Grant)  Wednesday morning, the La Grande School District received an EPA Grant check from Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative officials.  Present from the La Grande School District George Mendoza, Superintendent, Randy Shaw, Vice-Chair, and Joseph Waite, Plant and Operations Manager at La Grande School District.  Tom Osborn of the Bonneville Power Administration and Heidi Dalton of OTEC’s Chief Financial Officer presented the check.  

(Previously posted)  With the upgrade of the La Grande School District’s heating and ventilation system, the district will be receiving an EPA Grant from Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative.  OTEC spokesperson says the $76,445.25 EPA Grant Energy Conservation is calculated in the rates that Bonneville Power charge utilities for power, at no extra cost to the members.  Recently, the La Grande School District upgraded the fans in their HVAC with variable frequency drives. In the past, the fans had one speed, but with the upgrade, they have multiple speeds.  LGSD can set the fans to cruise or ramp up to full speed depending on the need. This helps the school save money.

This program is in partnership with Bonneville Power Administration.

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative said, “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with our local communities to save energy and reduce their overall monthly bills. It’s a win/win for our communities.”