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RNP Press Release
December 15, 1999

Advocacy group celebrates green power offerings

Renewable energy got a boost Monday, when the Oregon Public Utility Commission approved Portland General Electric’s (PGE) green power tariffs. The approval allows PGE to sell environmentally friendly power to its customers.

Renewable Northwest, an organization consisting of environmental groups and energy developers that promotes renewable energy projects in the Northwest, praised the approval. "For the first time, all PGE customers will be able to choose a renewable power product," said Peter West, Renewable Northwest’s Senior Policy Analyst. "When people choose green power, they are helping the environment," he added.
Beginning in January, PGE will offer two different green products, "wind power" and "fish-friendly power." Residential, commercial and industrial customers in PGE's service territory will be able to buy a certain amount of their electricity from renewable resources.
The electricity for PGE's wind power product comes a wind farm near Pendleton, Oregon. Unlike power generated by fossil fuels, such as coal or gas, electricity from wind has no air emissions, and does not contribute to the pollution of our atmosphere, land or water. Over 40% of the power consumed in the Northwest comes from fossil fuels.
Funds from the sale of the wind product will create new investments in renewable resources such as wind, solar and geothermal here in the Northwest, helping to keep our air and water clean.
"PGE has demonstrated its leadership and made an investment for our future by offering green power to its customers," said Rachel Shimshak, director of Renewable Northwest. "These offerings will benefit both the environment and the economy of Oregon and help maintain our quality of life," she added.
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For more information contact:
Rachel Shimshak, Director
Renewable Northwest Project
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