Portland Port Triples Renewable Energy Commitment

The Port of Portland is boosting its commitment to renewable energy by tripling its purchase of Pacific Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy certificates, ensuring support for projects such as Oregon’s Stateline Wind Energy Center.

Portland, Oregon – September 9, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Bill Wyatt, who is the executive director of the port, received a plaque from PacifiCorp President and CEO Judi Johansen for becoming a Visionary-level Blue Sky partner. PacifiCorp serves customers locally as Pacific Power, which then obtains Blue Sky renewable energy certificates from the Stateline Wind Energy Center and other renewable energy projects. “The Port is purchasing Blue Sky renewable energy to further its environmental goals and to improve our quality of life,” said Johansen, who is also a commissioner for the port. “By making such a large commitment, the Port also is growing the demand for cleaner power in the Pacific Northwest.” There are several marine terminals, four airports and seven business parks that call the port home, and make the area a major energy consumer in Portland. “Because the Port, with Portland International Airport and its marine terminals, uses so much energy, we made our first purchase of Blue Sky in 2001 to help encourage the new wind industry in the Pacific Northwest,” explained Bill Wyatt, executive director, Port of Portland. “Since then, we’ve integrated the program into our environmental goals and are proud to build on our commitment and stand with PacifiCorp in promoting regional sustainability.” The port buys 1,168 blocks of Blue Sky renewable energy each month in addition to its regular energy use – an increase from 414 blocks per month. Because the purchase meets three percent of the Port’s monthly usage, it is now an EPA Green Power Partner. “We have a wide array of environmental and waste reduction programs,” said Wyatt. “Blue Sky offers us a clear way of melding our environmental goals with our energy goals. We reuse and recycle glass, plastic, paper and other items, but Blue Sky gives us a way to green our energy consumption coming in.” Oregonian customers of Pacific Power and Portland General Electric also can choose to buy renewable power in addition to their regular monthly bill.
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