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i Fage A-12 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 maintenance Oty of Shelton could take over operations By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty, com The Mason County Skate Park will be closed for an undetermined time for maintenance, according to the Mason County Parks and Trails Department. Mason County Commissioner Terri Jeffreys commented on the issue at the commission's regular meeting Tuesday night, saying the support structures for the skate ramps are rotting. "We're not quite sure how exten- sive it is," she said. The park has been closed since Aug. 22. The skateboard facility is located at 110 Wallace Kneeland Park next to the Shelton Walmart. County parks and facilities manag- er John Keates said the project could be completed in a few weeks. Last week, the county commission approved a letter asking the City of Shelton to take over management and ownership of the skate park. "The intention is still for Shelton to take it over," county Commissioner Randy Neatherlin said at Tuesday night's meeting. For more information about skate park maintenance, contact Keates at Mason County Parks, 427-9670, ext. 669 or by email at johnk@co.mason. wa.us. STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun com Professional and amateur artists working in two and three-dimensional media are invited to apply for gallery exhibitions at the Shelton Civic Cen- ter Rotating Art Gallery. The gallery is sponsored by the Shelton Arts Commission. All two-dimensional work must be mounted or framed, and ready to hang. Three-dimensional work must meet size specifications. All work must be original and created solely by the artist. The deadline to submit applica- tions is Sept. 5. The exhibit opens Oct. 1, and lasts 12 weeks. For an application or to get more information, call Mark Ziegler at Shelton Parks and Recreation at 432- 5194, or mziegler@ci.shelton.wa.us. in compliance energy By NATALIE JOHNSON nata/ie@masoncounb/ com Mason County PUD 3 is in compliance and on schedule to meet renewable energy and conservation re- quirements as outlined by state law, according to the state Auditos Office. "We were very pleased," PUD 3 Manager Annette Creekpaum said. The auditors office re- leased a report last week on the utility's energy conser- vation from Jan. 1, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2013. In November 2006, Wash- ington voters approved Ini- tiative 937, known as the Energy Independence Act, The act requires public utility districts with more than 25,000 customers to purchase renewable energy on a set schedule. Mason County PUD 3 is one of 12 such utilities in the state. The act, outlined in RCW 19.285.040, requires that renewable energy sources should account for 3 percent of utilities' energy by Jan. 1, 2012, 9 percent by Jan. 1, 2016, and 15 percent by Jan. 1, 2020. Utility districts can meet these requirements either by purchasing qualifying renewable energy, such as wind or solar power, or renewable energy credits (RECS). When a utility that owns a renewable energy source, such as a wind farm, and makes more renewable en- ergy than they need, they can either sell the energy, or the credits, Creekpaum said. "The RECS have a value and the energy has a value," she said. PUD 3 met its 2012 goal mostly through buying re- newable energy, Creek- paum said. Specifically, the PUD bought wind power from the Nine Canyon Wind Project and the White Creek Wind Project, and has purchased RECs. The PUD 3 Johns Prairie Op- erations Center also has a small solar array atop one of its buildings. To meet its 9 percent goal by 2016, the PUD will likely buy more energy credits in addition to looking into addi- tional sources of renewable energy, Creekpaum said. The act also requires qualifying PUDs to create and meet energy conserva- tion targets. For the 2012-2013 bien- nium surveyed in this audit: the PUD 3 had a goal of con- serving more than 10.6 mil- lion kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. The PUD nearly doubled its target and conserved more than 19.7 million kWh per year. "I think part of it was be- cause the law was new and there were a lot of questions of how to go about this in the most effective way possible, (the PUD 3) didn't want to fall short, so we aimed re- ally high," said Justin Hol- zgrove, PUD 3 consei"vation manager. It was particularly dif- ficult for the PUD to find places to conserve energy, since it has had an energy conservation program in place since 1983, Creek- paum said. The PUD's conservation department worked with companies to install more ef- ficient lighting and encour- ages customers to install energy efficient technol- ogy, such as ductless heat pumps, insulation and duct sealing, Holzgrove said. "Duct sealing is not a very exciting thing, but it makes a big difference for utility bills," he said. PUD 3 also works with the Northwest Energy Effi- ciency Alliance to encourage companies to make afford- able energy efficient prod- ucts. The PUD's conservation target for the 2014-2015 biennium is 5,791,000 kWh per year. Energy saving tips from the PUD are available at masonpud3.org/saveenergy. for the September 4 Journal will be (Deadline for other issues will still be Mondays at 5:00 p.m.-- but the Journal will be closed on Labor Day!) Mason County 227 W. Cota St. * 426-4412 www, masoncounty, com ART & PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST to celebrate its winning entries will be selected!