Gorman Bros. nominated

Lumby’s Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. is among 42 finalists for the ninth Power Smart Excellence Awards.

Lumby’s Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. is among 42 finalists for the ninth Power Smart Excellence Awards.

The bi-annual awards recognize best-in-class energy conservation leadership and innovation from B.C. Hydro customers in commercial, government and industrial sectors, as well as retail and industry partners.

Gorman Bros., who also operate in Revelstoke, were nominated in the Power Smart Leader category. In the last year, the company has cut energy consumption by  4.1 gigawatt hours, which exceeded their target of 3.5. Of that, 1.2 gigawatt hours were from zero-cost behavioural changes alone.

Through a series of six energy-efficiency feasibility studies, Gorman Bros. have identified more than 4.3 gigawatt hours in potential savings opportunities, of which 2.1 have already been implemented.

They have identified key performance indicators for energy efficiency objectives to drive reductions in operational costs; their energy manager has a performance component in his contract; and there is an employee awareness engagement program across their multiple mill sites.

There are 10 other Power Smart Awards categories – Leadership Excellence; Energy Conservation Commitment; Energy Manager; New Construction; Conservation Partner; New Technology; Consumer Product Manufacturer; National Retailer; Regional Retailer; and the Larry Bell Award for Advancing Energy Conservation.

For a full list of finalists, visit www.bchydro.com/awards. The winners will be announced in October during Power Smart month.