National Energy Foundation Appoints AGA’s Lori Traweek as Board Chair

Salt Lake City, UT – National Energy Foundation (NEF) is pleased to announce Lori Traweek as the new chair of its Board of Directors. Lori Traweek is the senior vice president and chief operating officer of American Gas Association (AGA), which represents more than 200 local energy companies delivering natural gas to more than 68 million customers in the United States.

Barry Worthington, executive director of the United States Energy Association (USEA), has accepted a position as vice chair, a role previously held by Ms. Traweek. Additionally, Gary Swan and Wayne Bonner from NEF have accepted roles as secretary and treasurer. Bob Poulson will continue in his current capacity as president of NEF.

“I would like to thank both Lori and Barry for accepting new leadership roles on the NEF board of directors,” said Bob Poulson. “They are distinguished members of the energy industry and will bring a great deal of insight and expertise to our efforts. I am confident their leadership will continue to secure an enduring and prosperous future for the organization.”

Prior to her current responsibilities at AGA, Ms. Traweek was integrally involved in pipeline safety and environmental advocacy. Her involvement included serving on the executive steering team of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Distribution Integrity Management Program initiative, and participating in the launch of the Common Ground Alliance, a collaborative organization with the goal of reducing excavation damage of underground facilities. Before joining AGA, Ms. Traweek worked as an offshore and onshore engineer for Arco Oil and Gas Co. in Texas and Louisiana. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Ithaca College. Ms. Traweek serves on the Center for Energy Workforce Development Executive Council, the GTI board of directors and the International Gas Union USA presidency leadership team.

Mr. Worthington has written extensively on energy and environmental matters, and addresses many conferences on national and international energy issues. He holds a B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. degree from the University of Houston. In addition to his roles with NEF and USEA, Mr. Worthington currently serves on the Boards of the U.S. – China Energy Environment Center, and the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation. He is also a member of the Advisory Boards of Electric Power Research Institute, the National Council of Minorities in Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy.

NW Natural Launches “Energy Analyzer” to Help Customers Save Energy & Money

PORTLAND, Ore. — Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), has created a new tool to help customers save energy and money.

The online Energy Analyzer is easy to use: customers simply go to the company website’s Energy Analyzer page, log in, and then begin answering questions about their energy use. Then they will receive a wide range of suggestions to improve the efficiency of their home based on how much time and skill they have for energy projects; how much money they care to invest; and how much energy they’d like to save. Options could include turning down the temperature on the water heater to upgrading a heating system and/or adding insulation.

There are dozens of steps in between to match time, budget and interests. Customers can choose how much sweat equity, skill and money they want to invest, as well as how much energy and money they want to save.

“We want to thank Energy Trust of Oregon for partnering with us to make this new tool possible,” said Cory Beck, NW Natural Communications & Internet Services manager. “Our customers are paying less for natural gas than they did 10 years ago. But they can save even more money and energy when they take steps to improve the efficiency of their home.”

The Energy Analyzer also helps customers compare the amount of energy they use to similar homes in the area. If they are using more than their neighbors, they can learn some easy ways to cut use and save money. Users can also sign up to receive ongoing emails to remind them to finish the energy-saving projects they’ve self-selected.

Customers who try out the Energy Analyzer between July 14 and September 5 will automatically be entered into a contest to win a tankless water heater. Visit nwnatural.com for complete contest rules.

CMAQ Funding Means More CNG Stations for Oregon

Last week Governor Kitzhaber announced the distribution of $4 million in grant funding to develop eight compress natural gas (CNG) fueling stations throughout the state. What does eight new CNG stations mean for Oregon? A lot!

Here’s a map of existing CNG fueling stations in the United States. You’ll notice that the Pacific Northwest is a little short on dots. The proposed projects will help fill out Oregon’s I5 corridor and add options on the east side of the Cascades as well.

CNG Stations

Source: CNGnow.com

The winning grant recipients, and the location of their proposed fueling stations are:

  • City of Wilsonville
  • City of Bend
  • Clean Water Services (Hillsboro)
  • Smalley Trucking (Sutherlin)
  • Tyree Oil (Roseburg)
  • Fitz Enterprise (NE Portland)
  • Metro (NW Portland)
  • TriMet (Beaverton)

Keep an eye out for some new dots on that CNG station map soon!