May 2006 - Students at Central Oregon Community College (COCC) recently approved a 25 cents per credit hike in student fees to finance renewable energy purchases and sustainability projects for the campus. The fee, which is capped at $3 per student per term, is expected to generate about $8,485 per term, which will be used first to buy wind power to meet about 75% of campus electricity needs. The wind energy will be purchased through Pacific Power's Blue Sky green power program. Any excess funds generated from the fee will go into a "Flexible Sustainability Fund" to be allocated for campus sustainability projects, including purchasing and installing solar panels, energy conservation and retrofits, recycling programs, and converting the campus shuttle to support biodiesel fuel.
News Article - COCC Students Up Their Fees for Cleaner Skies
May 2006 - The City of Corvallis (Ore.) has been designated a "Green Power Community" by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership (GPP), becoming the third U.S. city to receive the special title. The EPA bestows the designation on cities that buy green power in amounts that collectively meet or exceed the program's minimum purchasing benchmarks, which vary by a community's annual electricity use.
Corvallis ranks first among Oregon cities with nearly 12.5% of electricity customers supporting renewable energy through Pacific Power's Blue Sky green pricing program. The city itself purchases 75,000 kilowatt-hours of Blue Sky wind energy each month.
News Release - Corvallis Named West Coast's First Green Power Community by Environmental Protection Agency
News Article - Corvallis Named 'Green Power Community'
March 2006 - PacifiCorp announced that Georgia-Pacific has become the largest purchaser of renewable energy in Pacific Power's Blue Sky green power program. The company will purchase approximately 13.5 million kWh over the next year for its Camas, Washington mill operations. While the base price of the Blue Sky product is 1.95¢/kWh, large companies can buy renewable power in bulk at a discount through Blue Sky QS (quantity savings).
News Release - Georgia-Pacific's Camas Mill Takes Lead Role in Renewable Energy Commitment with Blue Sky
News Article - G-P Feeling Blue
PacifiCorp Contact - Rhonda Rasmussen (503) 813-5156
February 1999 - PacifiCorp reports that 28% of customers who elected to participate in the second round of Pacific Power's portfolio pilot program for residential and small commercial customers chose the green power offering. The percentage of customers selecting green power is nearly double the 15% that chose the green power option in the first round of the pilot back in June 1998.
The pilot program gives residential and small commercial customers in Klamath County, OR, a choice of service from a portfolio of electricity pricing options, including market-based pricing, renewable energy, and a community-based option to support low-income customers. The green power option is a blend of 80% existing geothermal and 20% wind energy from PacifiCorp's Wyoming wind project. Customers pay a 12% price premium for the green power option.
In total, about 6% of eligible customers chose to participate in the pilot, meaning that slightly less than 2% of eligible customers are now receiving green power.
News Release - Results in on Pacific Power's Competitive Choice Pilot Program Study
News Release - Enrollment Complete on Pacific Power's Portfolio Pilot Program - No longer online at pacificorp.com
News Article - Free Market isn't Always Cheaper - No longer online at oregonlive.com
July 1998 - Representatives of PacifiCorp reported that 15% of customers who chose to participate in the first phase of Pacific Power's Klamath County (OR) retail pilot program chose the green power service from among a portfolio of four different services, including two lower price offers. The green power customers are required to pay a 10% price premium for the 100% renewables product, which is a blend of 80% existing geothermal and 20% wind energy that will come from the company's Wyoming wind project.
The information was reported in a presentation made by by Barrett Stambler and Andrea Kelly to the Third National Green Power Conference in Sacramento, CA.
April 1998 - On April 1, the Oregon Public Utilities Commission approved Pacific Power's plan to offer a portfolio of power choices to 30,000 residential and small commercial customers in Klamath County, Oregon. The Commission also approved direct access choices for schools within Pacific Power's Oregon service territory and for its largest industrial customers. Eligible customers will be able to choose a new power source, including a renewable resource option, with the changes taking effect in July.
News Release - 'Portfolio' Approach Approved for Klamath County Electric Customers - No longer online at pacificorp.com
January 1998 - On January 16, Pacific Power filed a new program with the Oregon PUC which would enable residential and small commercial customers in Klamath County to select from a portfolio of electricity pricing options, including market-based pricing and renewable energy options. The pilot program, which is scheduled to run through June 1999, was developed to facilitate the transition to full competition.
News Release - Pacific Power Offers Customers New Choices for Their Electricity Purchases - No longer online at PacifiCorp.com
PacifiCorp Contact: Jan Mitchell (503) 464-6261