December 2009 - The City of Lake Oswego, Oregon has been named a Green Power Community by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its high percentage of renewable energy purchases by local government, businesses and residents. The city recently concluded its two-month Green Power Challenge, attracting 336 residential and 20 business customers to purchase green power through Portland General Electric's renewable programs. The campaign increased the community's collective green power participation rate to more than 12 percent and bumped up the city's consumption of renewable energy to about 9 percent (35 million kWh) of its total demand.
Additionally, the City currently purchases more than 1.7 million kWh of wind power annually for its operations, equivalent to nearly 8 percent of Lake Oswego's annual electricity use for its facilities.
EPA's Green Power Community initiative recognizes communities that collectively purchase green power in amounts that meet EPA's purchase requirements. Lake Oswego is the 12th community in Oregon and 25th in the nation to receive the honor.
News Release - Lake Oswego Exceeds Green Power Challenge (November 2009)
News Article - EPA names Lake Oswego a 'green power' community for high green energy purchasing
Additional Information - Lake Oswego Green Power Challenge
Additional Information - EPA Green Power Communities
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