Centralia Coal Transition Weatherization Board Supports the Tenino Eagles
Supporting energy efficiency upgrades to the Fraternal Order of Eagles 564 Tenino
Centralia, (February 7, 2022) On December 1, 2021, the Centralia Coal Transition Weatherization Board approved a grant award in the amount of $38,800.00 to support weatherization and energy efficiency improvements for the Tenino Eagles building. After a recent energy/building audit it was recommended that upgrades be made to the inefficient and failing HVAC systems. The roof top HVAC systems were found to have failed and/or past their dependable life service life. This improvement is Phase 1 for the organization and supports the goal of being environmentally and financially responsible while being a community leader.
Fraternal Order of Eagles 564 Tenino was charted in 1904 and is now considered in the historic district in Tenino, Washington. Although membership based, the organization promotes and hosts a variety of community events to support local youth programs and the local food bank.
The Weatherization Board was formed as part of the 2011 Agreement between TransAlta and the state of Washington to transition the Centralia plant away from coal-fired operations with one unit retiring in December 2020 and the second unit in December 2025.
Overview of the Centralia Coal Transition Funding Boards:
Annual payments for the funding boards began in 2012 with the last payment due December 31, 2023. The opportunity to start flowing dollars into projects became effective December 31, 2015.
Weatherization Board ($10M): established to fund energy efficiency and weatherization for the residents, employees, business, non-profit organizations and local governments within Lewis County and South Thurston County; up to $1 million shall be allocated to fund residential energy efficiency and weatherization measures for low-income and moderate-income residents of Lewis County and South Thurston County;
Economic & Community Development Board ($20M): established to fund education, retraining, economic development, and community enhancement; at least $5M shall be allocated to fund education, retraining and economic development specifically targeting the needs of workers displaced from the Centralia facility;
Energy Technology Board ($25M): established to fund energy technologies with the potential to create environmental benefits to the state of Washington.