PGE renewables customers break the 100,000 milestone!
Portland Timbers join top-ranked program as latest business to go green
Jan. 14, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. — At 102,320 renewables customers and growing, more Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) customers have chosen renewable energy than have the customers of any other electric utility in the United States. From the first pioneers who signed up for PGE’s voluntary renewable power programs in January of 2000 to the more than 100,000 strong community today, these PGE customers reflect the Northwest’s ongoing leadership in sustainable choices.
U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked PGE’s program No. 1 in the nation since 2009, for the number of customers participating, and since 2003 based on the amount of renewable power sold to residential customers, and, as of 2013, PGE ranked first in the nation for the total amount of renewable power sold to residential and commercial customers.
“Our customers are the heart of this program,” said Carol Dillin, PGE’s vice president for customer strategies and business development. “Their voluntary commitment to doing more to be sustainable inspires all of us at PGE to keep raising the bar in the renewables programs we offer.”
Now the Portland Timbers have joined the team. The soccer club is purchasing 100 percent Clean WindSM power from PGE to offset all of its home field electricity use. “The Portland Timbers are pleased to be part of the Clean Wind power program, which strongly aligns with our longstanding commitment to being a leader in green initiatives and corporate sustainability,” said Todd Spear, vice president of corporate partnerships for the Timbers. “The club has a strong commitment to supporting and standing by our community, both on and off the field. The Clean Wind program reflects this mission, and our fans’ values.”
“Congratulations to PGE and its customers for exceeding this milestone with their outstanding voluntary renewable power programs,” said Rachel Shimshak, executive director of Renewable Northwest, a regional renewable advocacy organization. “Customers are showing that they want more renewable power, and with their actions, they are helping lead the region toward a clean energy future.”
Buying renewable energy from PGE is easy and affordable. All PGE residential and business customers have clean, renewable sources of energy as part of their base power mix, but with plans starting as low as $2.50 per month, PGE’s renewable power options offer customers the opportunity to increase their percentage of renewable power in a way that best fits their values and budget. A typical PGE residehe proceeds go directly towards local projects to restore fish habitat, as administered by PGE’s non-profit partner, The Nature Conservancy.
For more information about PGE’s renewable power programs, visit PortlandGeneral.com/Renewable.
Initial customer purchasing 100 percent renewable power pays a premium of about $6 per month. For an additional donation of $2.50 per month, customers can add Habitat Support.
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About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, serving 885,000 customers in 51 cities. For more than 125 years, PGE has been delivering safe, reliable energy to Oregonians. With 2,900 employees across the state, PGE is committed to building a cleaner, more efficient energy future. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. For more information, visit PortlandGeneral.com.
About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 689,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at NWNatural.com.
About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. Information about Pacific Power is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via PacificPower.net.
For more information contact: Nicole Mertens, PGE, 503-464-8717, Nicole.Mertens@pgn.com