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RNP Press Release
September 28, 1995

Advocates Praise Salem Utility for Commitment to Renewable Resources

A regional advocacy organization today cheered the unanimous decision by the Salem Electric Board to invest in a substantial amount of non-hydro renewable energy.

“Salem has demonstrated its leadership and pledged to make an investment for our future with this vote,” said Rachel Shimshak, director of Renewable Northwest, a regional organization promoting environmentally responsible renewable energy resources, based in Portland, Oregon. “Investing in renewable energy sources, such as wind, geothermal and solar, will benefit both the economy and the environment in the Northwest. With its investment, Salem will diversify its energy supply and help maintain our quality of life,” she added.
In its September 19, 1995 meeting, the Salem Board voted to invest in as many renewable resources as it could within a four percent rate cap. They directed the staff to begin the process of searching for a supply of renewable energy to displace its share of the Bonneville Power that does not come from hydroelectric plants.
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For more information contact:
Rachel Shimshak, Director
Renewable Northwest Project
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