At 102,320 renewables customers and growing, more Portland General Electric 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 (NREL) has ranked PGE’s program No. 1 in the nation since 2009, for the number of customers participating, and since 2003, for the amount of renewable power sold to residential customers. 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 that Portland Timbers have joined the team. The soccer club is purchasing 100% 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.”
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 residential customer purchasing 100% renewable power pays a premium of about $6 per month. For an additional donation of $2.50 per month, customers can add Habitat Support. The proceeds go directly towards local projects to restore fish habitat, as administered by PGE’s non-profit partner, The Nature Conservancy.
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