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Learn more about the Blue Sky renewable energy program

Why should my business enroll in Blue Sky?
  • Avoid carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions—visit our online calculator to see just how much.
  • Be a leader in your community and industry and differentiate your company from the competition
  • Generate customer loyalty and employee pride
  • Create positive publicity and earn recognition benefits from Pacific Power
What Blue Sky options are available to my business?

The Blue Sky program provides your business with an easy way to support renewable energy development in the region. You can purchase blocks of 100 kilowatt hours for a flat amount each month to meet your specific business goals.

Learn more about your options »

Program Option

Customer Segment**

Description

Extra Cost

Blue Sky Block

Available to all customer segments

Support renewable energy in fixed price,100 kilowatt-hour “blocks” of 100% western region wind energy and help fund new, community-based renewable energy projects in your state.

$1.95 per 100 kwh block

Blue Sky Usage (Oregon only)

Oregon small non-residential (schedules 23 and 41)

Support a blend of 100% Pacific Northwest renewable resources from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho equal to your monthly usage.* The resource mix is likely to include wind (78%), biomass (12%)solar (9%) and geothermal (1%).

About a penny ($0.0105) per kwh, which adds about 10% extra per month

Blue Sky Habitat

(Oregon only)

Oregon small non- residential (schedules 23 and 41)

Same as Blue Sky Usage and also helps restore and preserve native fish habitats in Oregon via the non-profit organization The Freshwater Trust.

About a penny ($0.0105) per kwh and a $2.50 monthly donation to The Freshwater Trust

Blue Sky Quantity Savings (QS)

Oregon large businesses (schedules 28, 30, 41L or 48) and all businesses in California and Washington

Purchase of 101 OR more Blue Sky Blocks per month for 12 months (1,212 blocks minimum purchase)

Varies: $1.94 to $0.70 per block. The cost is based on a sliding scale. Depending on volume of purchase

 

*A minority of resources from the greater Western Region may be purchased, if needed, to maintain price stability.

** Rate schedule appears on customer bill.

How much renewable energy should my business buy?
If your goal is to
You should
Here's how we can help
Spend a certain amount of money on your renewable energy support each month
Determine the amount of money you are willing to spend on renewable energy each month. Divide that by $1.95 and that's how many blocks you should buy.

Visit our cost calculator.

Support renewable energy equal to 100 percent of your energy use

If you are a small Oregon business (Schedule 23 or 41), simply select Blue Sky Usage or Habitat.

Otherwise, find out your average monthly usage of kwhs and divide that by 100. That is how many blocks you should support to equal your average monthly use.

Enroll in the Usage or Habitat options or call 1-800-769-3717.

Also, please call us if you need help deciding how many blocks to support to equal your average monthly use. (You cannot buy partial blocks)

Earn recognition benefits associated with my support

Look at the Pacific Power Blue Sky partner chart and select the benefit level you'd like.

Then, calculate the required support. Also, read about the EPA Green Power partnership program below to find out how you can qualify.

We know it can be difficult to navigate kwh requirements and blocks, so give us a call at 1-800-769-3717, and we'll do the work for you.
Spend less than $14 / month, but still receive some recognition Sign up for seven blocks to become a Blue Sky Supporter (or four if you are a low energy user, using less than 10,000 kwh / month). It's really that easy – just click enroll and choose seven blocks.
Support a large number of blocks at a lower rate / block
Participate in the Blue Sky QS which offers volume discounts for any business buying more than 100 blocks per month over a period of 12 months.
Visit our cost calculator.
What are the rewards/incentives for Blue Sky support?

The Blue Sky business partnership program recognizes organizations that support Blue Sky renewable energy at a level that meets or exceeds minimum purchase requirements related to your electricity usage. A minimum purchase level and a one-year commitment are required to participate in the business partnership program.

Oregon Blue Sky business partners can offer coupons to all Blue Sky customers via the Chinook Book mobile app platform. If you’d like to offer promotions or coupons to Blue Sky customers, please email us.

Blue Sky can also help businesses meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program renewable energy requirements. LEED is a Green Building rating system. It is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Buying renewable energy can provide your building with a LEED “credit” toward the achievement of the LEED Green Building standard. Buildings are awarded Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum certification depending on the number of credits they achieve. Learn more about LEED.  

Where is the renewable energy for the Blue Sky program generated?
  • Blue Sky customers support renewable energy from newly developed facilities in the western region. Learn more about the renewable energy resources that Blue Sky customers support.
  • See a list of facilities Blue Sky customers support and learn more about the community renewable energy projects that Blue Sky customers have helped fund.
What can I do to encourage my employees or customers to enroll in Blue Sky?

The Blue Sky program is proud to have cultivated many partnerships with businesses and organizations who want to encourage their customers and employees to choose renewable energy. Every relationship looks different and the possibilities are endless.

If you have any ideas for ways we can work together, please e-mail us

How much does Blue Sky cost?
Where does my money go?

Your money is allocated to three different funds: 

  1. Renewable energy: Pacific Power purchases renewable energy certificates on your behalf from newly developed facilities in your region.
  2. Education, outreach and administration: We dedicate a portion of the program funds to provide customers with education and awareness about their renewable energy options.
  3. Community projects and habitat restoration: The Block option supports the construction of new community-based renewable energy projects in your state and the Habitat option (available to Oregon customers) funds native fish habitat restoration.

We are required by regulations to allocate the costs associated with Blue Sky to program participants. We do not make a profit by offering Blue Sky to customers. 

How do I know I’m getting what I pay for?

The Blue Sky program is overseen by your state’s public utility commission, regional advisory groups and is Green-e Energy certified.  Green-e Energy certifies that the Blue Sky program meets the minimum environmental and consumer protection standards established by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions that were developed in conjunction with leading environmental, energy and policy organizations.

Learn more about Green-e Energy certification »

What is a Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) or “green tag”?

Renewable energy certificates (RECs), also known as “green tags,” are proof that 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of renewable energy was generated and delivered to the regional power pool and gives customers the right to claim the environmental benefits produced from renewable energy projects.

For every unit of renewable energy generated and delivered to the regional power pool, an equivalent amount of RECs are created. This provides a tracking mechanism to ensure that no two customers pay for the same unit of renewable energy generation. When you sign up for Blue Sky, Pacific Power purchases RECs to match your level of participation. Thus, when more RECs are sold, more demand is created for renewable power. As renewable facilities sell out their RECs, this creates demand to bring more renewable energy sources on-line.

Watch this EPA video to learn more aobut RECs. 

Where can I find more information about Blue Sky?

Call a customer service representative at 1-800-769-3717 or explore our website.

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