Weber State University Honored for Reducing Energy Use by Nearly One-Third

March 26, 2014


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Rocky Mountain Power announced today that Weber State University is the 2014 wattsmart Business Partner of the Year for its commitment to energy efficiency. Weber State has reduced its electrical consumption by 30 percent during the past five years even though the university has added 10 percent more square footage.  

“Weber State University is teaching everyone that energy efficiency is the cleanest and least expensive energy possible,” said Rocky Mountain Power President Richard Walje. “Saving electricity also means more money for educating students.”

Walje presented the wattsmart award to Norm Tarbox, WSU Vice President of Administrative Services, during the Utah Customer and Community Meeting at the Little America Hotel.

"It is a great honor to be recognized by Rocky Mountain Power,” said Tarbox. “The university has been pursuing efficiency projects large and small for the past several years. It's nice to be highlighted for those efforts."

With 25,301 students using 61 buildings covering more than 500 acres, Weber State University’s energy efficiency efforts have been widespread. The university has been working with Rocky Mountain Power’s energy efficiency programs to help reduce the energy use of lighting, heating and cooling and other equipment, plus reduce its impact on the environment. 

Weber State University invested $3.8 million in 59 energy efficiency projects and received $1 million in incentives from Rocky Mountain Power. The university has reduced electricity use by 10.8 million kilowatt hours, resulting in $540,000 in savings annually. Nine more energy efficiency programs are still in progress.  Photos of some of the projects can be seen at

"Our energy and sustainability program has been based on good business. We are fiscal environmentalists,” said Jacob Cain, WSU Energy and Sustainability Manager. “Not only have our programs been good for the environment, but they have produced large financial benefits as well.”

Rocky Mountain Power customers in Utah also are making a real difference in energy conservation. In 2013, they reduced the electricity peak load by 127 megawatts and saved more than 264,000 megawatt-hours of electricity; equivalent to the energy it takes to power nearly 28,000 homes for a year. If you would like to learn if Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Business program is right for you or your business, visit

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