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Tri-Cities Airport awarded for its energy-conserving renovations

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PASCO, WA.-- The Port of Pasco has poured millions of dollars into its airport in order to build an entirely new wing, fit for the wings that fly in and out of it. Big renovations mean big money. Along with the passenger-friendly add-ons, Tri-Cities Airport also installed new natural gas boilers and new roofing insulation in hopes of being more energy efficient and cutting back on utilities costs. Because the airport construction and additions were designed with energy efficiency in mind, Cascade Natural Gas stepped in to help foot the construction bill.

"For a lot of places in the nation, the demand for utilities is going up," said Bill Prillaman, of Cascade Natural Gas, "The response to that is we need to make them more efficient so we're able to keep costs conservative, and we're able to not abuse the natural resources we have available to us."

Although construction is just about 75% complete, the $32,000 check the Tri-Cities Airport received will go right back into remodeling the building. Construction is scheduled to finish in January, 2017.