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Training Opportunities & Resources

APRIL

  • Snohomish County – Celebrate Earth Day 2019
    Join us for our big Earth Day Celebration on the Snohomish County Campus Plaza! There will be a variety of great learning and educational displays for employees and the general public, as well as tasty food trucks and a drawing for eco-friendly prizes.
    Tue., 4/23, 11:30a-1:30p | Click for details
  • Adjustable Speed Drives and Energy Efficiency:
    This course addresses the choices available and relevant issues regarding the use of adjustable speed drives (ASD) with electric motors, and demonstrates the energy cost savings and other benefits made possible by this technology. In this course we explore how adjustable speed drives work and ways to assess the savings. Variable frequency drives (VFD) are the most common speed control method and is the major focus of the course content, which will cover the benefits of pulse-width modulation technology and well as identifying and mitigating harmful electromagnetic interference that can cause motor failure. Additional information on evaluating and specifying VFDs will be provided.
    4/23, Snohomish County PUD, Room TC2-BC | Click for details | View brochure

MAY

  • Compressed Air Challenge – Level 1
    Even the smallest compressed air system is a relatively large source of energy consumption and cost. Increase your company’s profitability with the Compressed Air Challenge™, a series of seminars that applies proven techniques to achieve cost-effective solutions. Optimizing your compressed air systems can lead to higher productivity, efficiency, energy savings, and increased product quality. This training offers attendees the opportunity to use their own system data in seminar exercises, as well as mastery of compressed air system components and techniques. Attendees can implement changes immediately upon return to their work place.
    5/1, Tacoma Power, Room ABS B-1 | Click for details | View brochure
  • Energy Efficiency of Cooling Towers
    This ​course ​addresses ​efficiency ​measures ​and ​other ​issues, ​including ​cooling ​tower ​sizing ​vs. ​energy ​savings, ​approach ​control ​strategies ​(efficient ​fan ​operation), ​water ​treatment ​(including ​ozone), ​water ​conservation ​and ​maintenance. ​This ​course ​includes ​a ​case ​study ​exercise ​that ​works ​through ​an ​example ​of ​how ​a ​cost-effective ​and ​efficient ​cooling ​tower ​was ​selected.
    5/2, 7:30a to 4:30p, Avista, Spokane, WA | Click for details

OCTOBER

  • Pumping System Optimization
    When ​pumping ​systems ​are ​not ​optimized ​for ​best ​efficiency, ​they ​will ​drain ​your ​company’s ​profitably ​with ​higher ​energy ​and ​maintenance ​costs, ​shorter ​mean ​time ​between ​repairs, ​more ​CO2 ​emissions ​and ​a ​less ​reliable ​system ​overall. ​The ​typical ​medium-sized ​plant ​spends ​over ​$1.4 ​million ​a ​year ​on ​energy ​to ​run ​their ​pumping ​systems. ​Better ​system ​design ​and ​optimized ​pumping ​systems ​may ​result ​in ​savings ​that ​will ​average ​$350K ​per ​year ​on ​energy ​alone.
    10/3, 7:45a-4:30p, Boys & Girls Club, Tacoma, WA | Click for details
  • Best Lighting Retrofits Now and Future Impacts
    Non-energy ​benefits ​can ​be ​necessary ​for ​retrofits, ​especially ​high ​performance ​fluorescent ​or ​existing ​LED, ​because ​energy ​savings ​and ​rebates ​are ​often ​no ​longer ​sufficient. ​Midwest ​Energy ​Efficiency ​Alliance ​stated ​that ​75% ​of ​the ​benefits ​of ​energy ​efficient ​projects ​can ​be ​non-energy ​benefits ​from ​lighting ​and ​other ​measures. ​Non-energy ​benefits ​include ​biophilia, ​circadian ​and ​the ​new ​non-circadian ​parts ​of ​Human ​Centric ​Lighting, ​advanced ​controls, ​certifications, ​going ​green ​and ​reduced ​maintenance. ​Selecting ​the ​best ​value ​LED ​lighting ​is ​crucial ​since ​they ​may ​last ​a ​decade ​or ​more.
    10/22, 7:30a-4:30p, Hampton Inn, Great Falls, MT | Click for details
    10/24, 7:30a-4:30p, Clark Public Utilities, Vancouver, WA | Click for details

NOVEMBER

  • Industrial Refrigeration Energy Management
    With ​a ​focus ​on ​industrial ​refrigeration ​systems ​that ​use ​ammonia ​as ​the ​refrigerant, ​this ​training ​will ​equip ​attendees ​with ​the ​knowledge ​and ​tools ​to ​reduce ​energy ​usage ​and ​operating ​costs, ​and ​improve ​the ​reliability ​of ​refrigeration ​systems. ​This ​training ​will ​focus ​on ​technical ​basics, ​operation ​of ​refrigeration ​systems, ​energy ​efficiency ​potentials, ​and ​case ​studies ​of ​successful ​energy ​efficiency ​projects ​and ​implementation ​strategies.
    11/6, Umatilla Electric Corporation, Hermiston, OR | Click for details

Ongoing

  • ASHRAE Learning Opportunities – The ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) offers a wide range of professional development seminars and short courses. Elearning, Career Enhancement, Certification. Click for details.
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL): Commercial Building Re-tuning project for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Program is a low-cost path to energy efficiency and cost savings.

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