Eleven public and private organizations have received awards from Gov. Norm Bangerter for energy innovation and energy conservation.
Brigham Young University, International Technology and Energy Corp., J and J Building Supply, Carpenter Refrigeration and Electric, Nebo School District, Utah County Housing Authority and the Utah Energy Office each received the 1988 Governor's Award for Excellence in Energy Innovation.Salt Lake City, Jordan School District, Architectural Design West and Mech Tech Engineering, received the 1988 Governor's Award for Energy Conservation.
Bangerter said energy conservation is important to the business community because money ordinarily spent on energy could be funneled into creating new jobs. "Innovation in utilizing Utah's energy resources will help provide stable energy prices in the future and enhance our quest to attract new industry to Utah," he said.
BYU's electrical and computer engineering department developed a high frequency fluorescent lighting system for the Crabtree Building that is 45 percent more efficient than lighting systems in other campus buildings.
J and J Building Supply and Carpenter Refrigeration and Electric, adapted solar power for J and J's concrete block curing plant. Energy costs are about $24,000 less annually than in similar plants using traditional power sources.
The Utah County Housing Authority and the Utah Energy Office were honored for developing an operations and maintenance program for the Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program by which low income households are saving about 20 percent in energy costs.
Jordan School District contracted with Architectural Design West and Mech Tech Engineering, Logan, to design a passive solar elementary school building. Energy costs are 57 percent less than in buildings traditionally designed.
Nebo School District implemented new construction techniques for their mobile classrooms and cut energy costs 40 percent.
Salt Lake City's methane-powered cogeneration system at a waste water treatment plant is saving the city $150,000 a annually.
BYU, J and J Building Supply, the Utah Housing Authority, the Utah Energy Office and Nebo School District represented Utah in the 1988 U.S. Department of Energy national competition. BYU was chosen as one of the top five projects in the country.