Portland General Electric (PGE) is now offering customers two green power options. In December, Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) approved PGE's plan to give residential customers the option of purchasing up to two 100-kWh blocks of "salmon friendly" power or wind power, or a combination of the two, at a premium of $5 per block per month. The two-block option would supply about 20% of an average residential customer's load.
The salmon-friendly power is a blend of existing, low-impact hydro and wind power. The revenue from the power sales will be split evenly between paying the cost of the power and supporting local salmon habitat recovery projects. The wind power option offers power generated from the Vansycle Ridge wind farm in northeastern Oregon, with half of the revenues to be used for the development of new wind resources. Commercial and industrial customers can purchase a limited amount of green power, depending on their size, at the same rate as residential customers.
Under the state's recently enacted electricity restructuring law, PGE is required to offer its residential customers a portfolio of rate options, including a green power option.
News Article - Portland General Electric to Propose Salmon-Friendly Power Tariff