PORTLAND, Ore., August 26, 2004 — Portland General Electric (PGE) green power customers have reached a new milestone: 30,000 customers have enrolled.
The total is up more than 600 percent since the company ‘s new renewable power program began in March 2002, and 20 percent in the past year, making it one of the fastest growing green electricity programs in the country. PGE customers rank number two among the nation ‘ s utilities for total renewable power participants, and number one in Oregon, according to the U.S. Department of Energy ‘ s latest National Renewable Energy Laboratory report.
“PGE renewable customers should be commended for taking a leadership role and driving the renewable energy market forward, ” said Diane Zipper, director of green power programs at Renewable Northwest Project, a regional renewable advocacy organization.” Renewable resources bring diversity and stable prices to our electricity mix and environmental and economic benefits to our communities. PGE customers are helping to make all that happen.”
Because of the sign-ups an estimated 145-million pounds of carbon dioxide won ‘t go into the air each year. That is the equivalent of taking nearly 13,000 cars off the road. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.
“These 30,000 green power customers value the environment and have taken action to support their values,” said Peggy Fowler, PGE’s CEO and president. ” We salute all our renewable power customers as we work together to create cleaner energy.”
Elyssa Rosen, a PGE renewable customer, explained why renewable energy is a particularly good choice.” I support many environmental causes that may take years to show some impact. But with wind power, I know it is real and it is immediate – cleaner air, more wild salmon in the rivers, right now.”
PGE customers have the choice of three renewable energy options: Green SourceSM, Healthy HabitatSM, or Clean WindSM.
GE customers interested in purchasing renewable energy can call 503-228-6322 in the Portland area, 1-800-542-8818 outside of Portland or visit http://www.PortlandGeneral.com/Renewable.
PGE is a recognized leader in the utility industry with more than 115 years of experience delivering safe and reliable electricity. Serving 755,000 retail customers in northwest Oregon, the company supports the community through a variety of innovative philanthropic, volunteer and environmental stewardship efforts.