The City of Richland City Council will present Richland’s Lamb Weston Inc. a $266,500 incentive check at the October 16, 2018, Council Meeting for its most recent energy efficiency project. Lamb Weston recently completed operational and equipment improvements at its Richland plant that will save more than 12,000,000 kWh annually. This is enough energy to serve 833 Richland homes.

City of Richland Energy Services (RES) provides energy efficiency incentives to customers as part the Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) Energy Smart Industrial Program to help offset the incremental cost of high-efficiency systems and operations and encourage customers to pursue energy-efficient projects.

“Energy efficiency and conservation are the lowest cost and risk resources compared to building new generation facilities,” said Clint Whitney, the City’s Energy Services Director. “Lamb Weston is a great corporate partner committed to saving energy. This helps reduce Richland’s wholesale power costs and keeps retail electric rates low which benefits all customers.”

Since 2010, Lamb Weston has worked diligently with RES staff, participated in RES and BPA programs, and invested $2.4 million in operational and equipment improvements saving more than 15,580,000 kWh annually – enough energy to serve 1,082 Richland homes.

“Our company cares about being a good steward of our natural resources, which also creates an efficient plant operation,” said Warren Staples, Richland Plant Manager, Lamb Weston.

Lamb Weston selected Richland as the site of its $200 million, 290,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art potato processing plant Line 5, which began operating in 2017 and added 150 permanent jobs to the local economy. The plant converts raw potatoes into 2 million pounds of frozen potato products per day of operation, or 600 million pounds a year, that are enjoyed by people throughout the U.S.

In addition to presenting the incentive check, the City Council will also issue a proclamation recognizing Lamb Weston for its corporate partnership that positively impacts Richland’s economy and enhances the well-being of the community and citizens. The City Council Meeting will be at Council Chamber at 505 Swift Blvd., Richland on October 16 at 7:30 p.m.

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