PORTLAND, Ore., March 1, 2002 — Governor Kitzhaber has proclaimed March 1 “Renewable Energy Day” in Oregon, marking the first day of energy restructuring, and the first time Portland General Electric (PGE) and Pacific Power customers can purchase 100 percent pollution-free energy supplied by Green Mountain Energy Co.
Residential and small business customers now have three cleaner choices of electricity. These choices include two new 100 percent renewable options — one of which benefits the Pacific Salmon Watershed Fund (PSWF) — and the fixed renewable wind power products (Clean WindSM and Blue SkySM) currently being offered to PGE and Pacific Power customers.
Since January, when enrollment forms began going out, more than 7,000 residential and small business customers*(A) of Pacific Power and PGE have signed up for one of the three renewable options. These environmentally preferred options are available under Oregon’s electricity restructuring law that takes effect today. Also known as Senate Bill 1149, the law requires utilities to provide residential and small business customers with a portfolio of options for their electric service.
“Oregon is proud of its commitment to a clean environment and to the restoration of salmon habitat,” Oregon Governor John A. Kitzhaber stated in his proclamation. “I encourage Oregonians to continue to show their dedication to renewable power by signing up for one of the renewable energy options today.”
Green Mountain EnergySM electricity will be 100 percent pollution free*(B), generated from a combination of wind and geothermal sources. Geothermal electric plants derive their energy from naturally occurring reservoirs of hot water and steam below the earth’s surface. While the cleaner energy from geothermal or wind energy won’t flow directly to homes and businesses, a customer’s choice for these products helps reduce the region’s use of conventional electricity sources. In fact, by purchasing Green Mountain EnergySM electricity, a typical household can help reduce CO2 pollution from electricity generation by nearly 1,750 pounds a year*(c), the equivalent of not driving almost 2,000 miles or 20 roundtrips between Portland and Salem.
The geothermal electricity serving Oregonians will come from the western U.S., and the wind power will come from the Pacific Northwest.
“We applaud the governor and the Oregonians who have already signed up, for making a choice to help keep Oregon’s air clean. We encourage others to sign up for one of the three options today in observance of Renewable Energy Day,” said Karen Norris, regional director of Oregon for Green Mountain Energy Company. “Oregon is already an environmentally progressive state and, by giving residents and small business owners the chance to choose 100 percent renewable energy, the state is once again the charge for cleaner air.”
“We are excited about the response from PGE and Pacific Power customers and the large number of people who have already signed up for the Salmon- Friendly Plan,” said Betsy Kauffman, program manager, For the Sake of the Salmon. “This is a tremendous way for Oregonians to help restore and preserve salmon habitat — it’s easy to sign up and makes a direct impact for fish.”
Customers who have not yet filled out an enrollment form can also sign up via mail, fax or the Internet.
About Green Mountain Energy Co.
Green Mountain EnergySM electricity is the brand of cleaner electricity in the states where Green Mountain Energy Company (www.greenmountain.com ) does business. Nearly a half million customers in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas have chosen Green Mountain EnergySM electricity. The Company provides less- polluting electricity — generated from sources including wind, solar, water, geothermal, biomass, and cleaner-burning, natural gas. The Austin, Texas- based company was founded in 1997 with a mission to “change the way power is made.”
About Pacific Power
Pacific Power serves 520,000 Oregon customers as part of its six-state PacifiCorp network that serves 1.5 million customers. As one of the lowest- cost electricity producers in the United States, PacifiCorp has more than 8,200 megawatts of generating capacity and a 90-year record of safe and reliable electric service. Find more information about Pacific Power at www.pacificpower.net .
About Portland General Electric (PGE)
PGE is Oregon’s oldest and largest electric utility serving more than 738,000 customers. PGE reaches beyond the bounds of a typical utility, creating flexible resource strategies and innovative services that benefit the environment and meet the needs of the local community. Find more information at www.PortlandGeneral.com .
About For the Sake of the Salmon and the Pacific Salmon Watershed Fund
For the Sake of the Salmon (FSOS) is a regional salmon recovery organization formed in 1995 to build consensus on salmon management issues and to support local stewardship of salmon, rivers and surrounding lands in the Pacific region. FSOS formed the non-profit Pacific Salmon Watershed Fund (PSWF) to provide funding for habitat restoration projects. As a partner in PGE’s Salmon-Friendly Power program, PSWF has raised more than $175,000 for salmon habitat restoration projects, such as tree-planting and culvert removal and replacement. For more information about FSOS or the Salmon-Friendly Plan, visit www.4sos.org (click on Salmon-Friendly Power).