Portland, OR, April 4, 2007 — For the second year in a row, Portland General Electric’s (PGE) residential green power customers are tops in the United States for the amount of renewable energy consumed. That’s according to officials at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Also in 2006, the number of PGE renewable power customers cleared 50,000 for the first time.
Residential customers purchased 343,879,496 kilowatt hours of renewable energy last year, 23 percent more than in 2005.
Separately, NREL released lists of the top 10 utilities in other renewable energy sales categories. PGE scored third place or better in most categories.
“Utility green power sales continue to show strong growth across the country,” said Lori Bird, senior energy analyst at NREL. “These utilities are the national leaders.”
The percentage of PGE customers who purchase a renewable power option saw a large jump. PGE now ranks third in the nation, at 6.5 percent of customers, up from sixth place (5.3 percent) in 2005.
When residential customer counts were combined with commercial customers, PGE placed second in total kilowatt hours sold, 432,826,408 kWh, up 27 percent.
PGE ranked third for total numbers participating, with 50,284 customers at the end of 2006, an increase of 24 percent.
“With the introduction of our new Renewable FutureSM product in January, we expect our customer’s green power use to continue its rapid climb this year,” said Thor Hinckley, PGE Renewable Power Program manager.
Renewable FutureSM freezes the electricity portion of the PGE rate for up to five years, while offering 100 percent new renewable energy from an Oregon wind farm.
“The daily headlines about global warming are also making renewable power more attractive to customers,” Hinckley said.
NREL rankings are based on raw numbers and are not adjusted for the size of the utility. The full report can be accessed at www.nrel.gov.
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