Pacific Power Renewable Energy Customers are National Leaders....Again

July 08, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. – Pacific Power's Blue Sky renewable energy program has once again received national recognition for its leadership and impact. For the 11th year, the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory ranked PacifiCorp--which includes Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power – in the top five utility green power programs in the entire country.

For 2013, Blue Sky ranks second for total number of participating customers and third for total renewable energy sales through a voluntary program.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory - Top 10 Utility Green Power Programs for 2013

"Our Blue Sky customers have helped build a market for renewable energy for more than a decade and have helped fund the construction of more than 70 renewable energy projects in our customer communities," said Pat Reiten, Pacific Power president and CEO. "For our customers who choose to voluntarily support the continued growth of renewable energy, Blue Sky is a smart choice that makes a real difference for the environment, sustainability and individual communities.."

At the end of last year, there were nearly 95,000 Blue Sky customers in PacifiCorp's six states. These customers make a difference by supporting more than 634 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy during 2013, with environmental benefits equivalent to 395,844 tons of carbon dioxide avoided. That's like taking 74,169 cars off the road or planting 9.3 million trees. Blue Sky customers also helped fund dozens of new community-based renewable energy projects. Their participation continues to make a difference today.

In 2013, Blue Sky participation by Pacific Power customers increased by more than 9 percent and Blue Sky funding was awarded to 15 new community-based renewable energy projects. There are currently more than 52,000 Blue Sky customers in Pacific Power's service area in Oregon, Washington and California. A Blue Sky challenge in Medford, Oregon, in 2013 had a goal of increasing participation by 25 percent in that community. The challenge handily exceeded that goal and the heightened awareness continues to spread the word. As of July 1, 2014 Medford enrollment is up 50 percent from before the challenge. A similar community challenge is underway in Roseburg, Oregon this summer.

The Blue Sky program provides an easy and convenient way for Pacific Power customers to support renewable energy in the region beyond the company's cost-effective renewable resource investments to serve all customers. Blue Sky is Green-e Energy certified by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions and customers can participate in the program for as little as $1.95 each month. For more information or to sign up, visit pacificpower.net/bluesky or call toll free at 800-769-3717.