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Workshop Offers Energy Management Skills for Wineries

KENNEWICK, Wash. – Washington State University, Winewise and the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers are offering an energy management for wineries workshop at the upcoming annual WAWGG meeting. Understanding how winemaking operations consume energy is vital for controlling costs and reducing carbon footprint.

The overall goal of the workshop is to provide participants with energy-management tools in order to maximize savings and capture climate-positive impacts. Workshop participants will learn methods for evaluating their energy consumption and techniques for energy management. The workshop teaches participants how to set, attain and maintain measurable energy consumption goals.

Engineers from Bonneville Power and the Washington State Department of Ecology, and educators from WSU will discuss energy audits, conservation incentives and energy-management resources in Washington. A representative from USDA will speak about funding available for energy-use assessment.

The workshop also features speakers from wineries in the region. To illustrate some of the challenges and potential outcomes of good energy management practices, a case study will be presented by a local winery that has made management changes based on energy audits. Attendees will also learn about specific changes that can be made to save energy and money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The workshop is Feb. 2, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Registration is $50. Register online at the WAWGG meeting Web site: http://www.wawgg.org/index.php?page_id=38 — click “Register to Attend” on the left side of the page, then select the workshops and events you want to attend.

For more information on the content of this workshop contact Kerry Ringer at 509-786-9324 or kringer@wsu.edu.

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Media Contacts

Kerry Ringer, WSU assistant professor of food science, 509-786-9324