On May 30th seven Willapa Valley students, Madison Huber, Franky Chavez, Matt Mintion, Taylor Thompson, Leonel Ruelas, Alyssa Hodgson, and Maria Chavez set out on a trip to Washington State University to the 7th Annual Imagine Tomorrow Energy Fair. They stopped at the Wild Horse Wind Farm ran by Puget Sound Energy in Vantage for a quick tour of the windmills and a lesson on wind energy.
On Saturday, they presented their projects to many judges from various energy producing companies including Boeing, Energy Norwasy, Callison, and others. The whole energy competition was amazing, for everyone was highly motivated to create neighborhoods, shopping malls, houses and just everything that produce all their own energy.
Saturday night, they listened to the keynote speaker, Mike Jobes, of The Miller Hull Partnership, who has won various awards for producing. Mike taught them about the buildings he design and how they are some of the most energy efficient buildings in Washington. He designed the city hall in Edgewood, which takes advantage of ground source heating and cooling, passive solar controls, and rainwater gardens that collect and filter storm water.
The two team projects were creating a most efficient green house and for helping people change their behavior to be more energy conscience. One of the projects was presented to the Pacific County PUD, where they received excellent advice on improving their project and presentation.
Jim Dolan and Humaira Falkenberg of the Pacific County PUD continued to teach the students about the energy consumption process and how in Pacific County if everyone saves energy we will stay under our areas allotted Tier 1 power costs, which are very minimal. If the area goes over the allotted power consumption, then the PUD must purchase power from Tier 2 providers, which charge much more, thus raising the costs for everyone.
The students all wish to give a great big thank you to the PUD and Jim Dolan for all their help and time.