Sign-Ups for Renewable Power Triple in Oregon

Give Oregonians new options in choosing Renewable Energy and they’ll rush to buy them, said Green Mountain Energy. Portland General Electric (PGE) and Pacific Power announced that customer sign-ups for renewable power products have more than tripled in just nine months.

Portland, Oregon – October 31, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Give Oregonians new options in choosing Renewable Energy and they’ll rush to buy them according to Green Mountain Energy. Portland General Electric (PGE) and Pacific Power announced that customer sign-ups for renewable power products have more than tripled in just nine months, after they began offering their customers 99 percent pollution-free electricity supplied by Green Mountain Energy Company in January. Prior to Oregon’s new energy restructuring law that went into effect earlier this year, about 8,200 PGE and Pacific Power customers in the state were enrolled in a Renewable Energy program. With additional options available, thousands of Oregonians have jumped at the opportunity to support renewable power, said the companies. Currently 28,518 residential customers and 653 small businesses (29,171 total customers) are enrolled in new Renewable Energy purchase options offered by Pacific Power and PGE. “The customer participation numbers achieved in the Oregon utility programs are among the best in the nation,” said Blair Swezey, principal policy advisor at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. NREL tracks the growth of the “green” power industry on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy. “We’ve learned from other states that customer sign-ups increase with customer awareness of Renewable Energy options,” said Swezey. “We expect even more Oregonians to sign up as the utility information campaigns proceed.” Pacific Power reported a 362 percent increase of Renewable Energy sign-ups from December 31, 2001 to October 24, 2002. Likewise, PGE posted a 351 percent increase during the same time period. “The results speak for themselves – Oregonians care about their impacts on the environment and many of them have done their part to increase cleaner energy purchases in the state,” said Karen Norris, Oregon program director for Green Mountain Energy Company. “Customers are using the opportunity they have to match their energy purchases with their convictions,” said Judi Johansen, president and CEO of Pacific Power. “Oregon customers choosing cleaner power have helped to make Pacific Power’s Renewable Energy program one of the nation’s leaders. It also confirms Oregon’s renewable-friendly reputation. The participation bodes well for the future of renewables in the region.” Since March 1, 2002, three different Renewable Energy options have been available to Pacific Power and PGE residential and small business customers under Oregon’s electricity restructuring law. Those options include wind power purchases through Pacific Power’s Blue Sky and PGE’s Clean Wind program, which have been available to customers since 2000, and two new options, which provide customers the ability to purchase all their electricity from renewable resources – a blend of geothermal and new wind generated electricity being provided by Green Mountain Energy Company.
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