Wind Power

Northwest Utility Renews Green Contracts

In an arrangement representing the continued success and public support for renewable energy, Portland General Electric (PGE) has chosen Green Mountain Energy Company as its primary supplier of renewable energy products and green power marketing affiliate. The company was first chosen in late 2001 for a two-year contract. State rules required that the contract be re-bid again in 2003 for a three-year term.

Portland, Oregon – September 5, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] “PGE understands that Oregonians have a unique relationship with the natural environment and that they want to help preserve it by purchasing 100 percent renewable power,” said Thor Hinckley, manager of PGE’s renewable power program. Working closely with Green Mountain Energy Company’s staff during the first contract period, PGE increased its renewable customers by 500 percent in a little over a year and the number continues to grow now surpassing 22,000. A household that purchases 1,000 kWh of PGE renewable power each month can eliminate close to 3,300 pounds of carbon dioxide annually, as much as a car makes in about 3,700 miles. The U.S. government’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) placed PGE number four in the nation in total number of customers who purchased a green power option, and number five in total green power sales to customers for 2002. When the new contract goes into effect January 1, 2004, PGE residential and small business customers will continue to have three basic renewable power choices. PGE Renewable Usage — 100 percent renewable power from Green Mountain Energy Company, including new wind resources in the Pacific Northwest. PGE Salmon Friendly Plan — 100 percent renewable power from Green Mountain Energy Company, plus a contribution toward restoring habitat for endangered fish species in communities in our region. PGE Clean Wind — This product, provided by PGE, allows customers to pay a fixed amount for renewable wind power from the Pacific Northwest, in addition to regular power sources.