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Press Release
November 25, 2005

Corvallis Challenges Citizens to Back Renewable Power

Corvallis, OR — Corvallis City Council President Charlie Tomlinson issued a communitywide challenge tonight to residents and businesses to sign up for Pacific Power’s Blue Sky renewable power and help reduce global warming.

 
“This community has a great opportunity to shine on a national level,” Tomlinson said. “If we can get 1,900 Corvallis households to sign up for Blue Sky, we’ll be Oregon’s largest green powered community.”
 
His appeal on the Benton County Courthouse steps followed the 21st Annual Corvallis Community Christmas Parade. On October 17, the City Council approved a resolution launching the Corvallis Blue Sky Community challenge, a citywide campaign supporting greater renewable energy use. Blue Sky is made up of renewable energy generated by local wind, biomass and solar plants. Pacific Power donated Blue Sky renewable energy to offset the power used by the Courthouse’s holiday lights.
 
“For as little as $1.95 per month, Corvallis residents can green their homes for the holidays, and help Corvallis become a national environmental leader,” said Kevin Stephens, Pacific Power’s local Distribution manager. “In fact, some of the Greek houses at Oregon State are already involved.”
 
The Challenge’s goal is to get 15 percent of the community – or another 1,900 Corvallis-area customers – to buy renewable power through Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program. Currently, 2,222 Corvallis-area customers are enrolled in Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program, which is 9.5 percent or seven times the national average. Enrollment materials will be sent out to area households and the challenge will run through Earth Day 2006.
 
“By participating in the Blue Sky program, businesses and residents of Corvallis are helping bring additional clean resources online,” noted Teresa Bodwell, community outreach consultant for Renewable Northwest, a nonprofit renewable energy advocacy group. “There are five working wind projects in Oregon producing enough power for more than 81,000 households. Beyond the clean air benefits, these projects are creating new jobs in rural areas and contributing to the local tax bases – a definite plus for these communities.”
 
Based on the high level of renewable power signups, the Environmental Protection Agency already has designated Corvallis as a Green Power Community. The City is buying 750 blocks of Blue Sky each month.
 
Buying just one, 100-kilowatt hour increment of Blue Sky Block costs $1.95 per month. Oregon customers can also choose Blue Sky Usage (in which customers receive their equivalent energy usage from renewable resources) or Blue Sky Habitat (in which customers buy renewable energy, plus make a $2.50 monthly donation to The Nature Conservancy of Oregon to preserve native fish habitat). Large customers can buy renewable power in bulk at a discount through Blue Sky QS.
Customers can sign up for Blue Sky renewable power by calling Pacific Power at 1-800-769-3717 or by visiting www.pacificpower.net/bluesky .
 
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For more information contact:
Deston Nokes
503-813-7291
newsdesk@pacificorp.com
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