PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 7, 2002 – Pacific Power and Portland General Electric (PGE) residential and small business customers can begin signing up today for 100 percent renewable electricity options being supplied by Green Mountain Energy Company.
Two of the utilities’ renewable power options – including a Salmon-Friendly Plan – are available to their customers through Green Mountain Energy Company in addition to the “green” products currently being offered by the utilities. Green Mountain Energy Company (www.greenmountain.com ) is the nation’s largest residential provider of cleaner electricity.
These new 100 percent renewable, environmentally-preferred options are available under Oregon’s new electricity industry restructuring law, also known as Senate Bill 1149, which requires that the utilities provide customers with a portfolio of options for their electric service. The Oregon restructuring law takes effect on March 1, 2002, but customers will start receiving information and enrollment forms in the mail in January. The mailing to small business and residential customers starts today and will continue through February. All Pacific Power and PGE customers will receive their enrollment ballots by late February.
Green Mountain EnergySM electricity will be 100 percent pollution free, and 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. The wind power will come from the Pacific Northwest.
The portfolio of electricity choices includes three renewable power options that PGE and Pacific Power customers can now choose from:
1. Renewable Usage Option – Green Mountain EnergySM electricity. This pollution-free option is 100 percent renewable and is based on actual usage. Customers who sign up for this option will buy all their electricity from renewable sources and it will average about $6-8 more per household per month.
2. Habitat Option – Green Mountain EnergySM Salmon-Friendly Plan. This offering takes the Renewable product, above, and adds salmon habitat protection. Customers make a monthly contribution to the Pacific Salmon Watershed Fund (PSWF) included on their electricity bill. Pacific Power customers who choose this option will pay an additional $2.50 each month; PGE customers will pay an additional kilowatt-hour charge that will average close to $1.90 per month. The additional payments will go directly to projects that restore salmon habitat. PSWF is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit fund established by For the Sake of the Salmon that is dedicated to salmon habitat restoration and protection. Households that sign up for this option will pay on average $8-10 more per month. This option is similar to, and replaces, PGE’s original Salmon-Friendly Power program.
3. Fixed Renewable Option – Clean WindSM and Blue SkySM products. In addition to the two Green Mountain EnergySM electricity options, The Clean WindSM and Blue SkySM products currently being offered to PGE and Pacific Power customers respectively will still be available. Both of these products allow customers to buy fixed amounts of clean new wind power every month that is in addition to their basic electricity service.
By purchasing Green Mountain EnergySM electricity, the average household in Oregon can avoid contributing about 1,750 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the air each year. This is a significant reduction in the amount of CO2 an average household emits in a year.
“By choosing Green Mountain EnergySM electricity, consumers and businesses are able to personally support the Oregon environment, help keep Oregon clean, and even help restore salmon habitats,” said Karen Norris, Oregon marketing director for Green Mountain Energy Company. “This is a win- win for Oregonians because they get to choose where their electricity comes from, but they don’t have to switch from the utility they know and trust. Because Oregon is such an environmentally progressive state, we expect large numbers of customers to sign up for these ‘green’ energy options.”
“We are thrilled to see these environmental and salmon-friendly power options available to customers,” said Betsy Kauffman, program manager, For the Sake of the Salmon. “The direct funds allocated to the Pacific Salmon Watershed Fund make a tremendous difference in our efforts to help restore salmon habitat. It’s great for Oregonians to have the opportunity to buy power that doesn’t harm fish and doesn’t pollute.”
Customers can begin signing up for these renewable power choices immediately or as soon as their enrollment forms arrive in the mail.
The new pricing options will officially become available March 1, 2002. These options are available to PGE and Pacific Power customers for an unlimited amount of time. Customers can enroll in one of these options at anytime.
About Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain Energy Company (www.greenmountain.com ) is a residential provider of less-polluting electricity generated from sources including wind, solar, water, geothermal, biomass and natural gas. The company is also the provider of a brand of cleaner electricity in states that have a competitively deregulated market.
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’s members, representing the Pacific region’s diverse interests and views on salmon recovery, do not take an advocacy position on water rights issues.
FSOS formed the Pacific Salmon Watershed Fund (PSWF) to provide funding for habitat restoration projects.
For more information about FSOS or the Salmon Friendly plan, visit www.4sos.org .