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Training to focus on energy efficiency

Baker City, Oregon (OTEC) —It may be just one of the most important money-saving seminars you have never heard of.

At least not yet.

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative is not just about keeping the lights on, and as part of its commitment to the Eastern Oregon community, it will host the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Pumping System Optimization training June 27 in La Grande.

The aim of the training session is to show area businesses how they can save thousands each year by utilizing a few, simple energy efficiency upgrades. The idea is a simple one: When pumping systems are not optimized for the best efficiency they drain a company’s profitability with higher energy and maintenance costs, shorter time between repairs and more carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

For example, a typical medium-sized plant spends over $1.4 million a year on energy to run a pumping system. Better system design and optimized pumping systems may result in savings that will average $350,000 per year on energy alone.

In addition, 4,436 tons of CO2 emissions may be avoided by implementing the systems optimization concepts discussed during this course.

The training is also critical for local irrigation users. The class will show how to lower header pressures without throttle valves and explore ways to modify pumps by trimming the impeller. The course will also show how the variable speed drive can save additional power by slowing down the pump speed, which will save energy and reduce cost in the process. 

The full-day training includes breakfast and lunch, and qualifies for Continuing Education Units (CEU credits).

The class is from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will be held in the OTEC Community Room, 2408 Cove Ave. The cost of the class is $139 and individuals signing up prior to June 13 can register two people for the price of one, using the discount code “2for1.” To register, visit, For more information, email or call 888-720-6823.