Our Environmental Commitment

Landscape

Protecting and enhancing the environment is a core principle for Pacific Power. Our efforts are focused on conserving natural resources, developing innovative solutions, growing renewable resources, reducing emissions, protecting habitats and more.

Air Quality

We employ innovative air quality initiatives to reduce environmental impacts. With our primary focus on reducing or avoiding emissions, we continuously develop and implement strategies to improve our performance. We are exploring technologies to capture carbon and other emissions from our power plants.

Wildlife & Habitat Protection

Protecting wildlife habitat is central to our goal of protecting the environment. We focus on preserving forests, grasslands and wetlands; reducing hydroelectric facilities’ impact on fish and wildlife; and implementing avian protection plans. We also use land reclamation techniques to restore habitat after dam removal and when completing mining operations.

Energy Efficiency

Insulation

Saving energy conserves natural resources, reduces emissions and keeps electricity costs low. Together with our Pacific Power customers in 2016, we saved 289,055 megawatt-hours of electricity. Pacific Power's wattsmart solutions help customers save money and benefit the environment. 

Renewable Resources

Wind, hydro and geothermal resources currently make up more than 30 percent of our generating capacity. We own 13 wind projects and purchase additional wind and solar resources to deliver cleaner energy to customers. In 2016, the amount of renewable capacity connected to our grid increased by 41 percent.

Wind powerTo support renewable resources, Pacific Power has:

  1. Made renewable resources a key component of our Integrated Resource Plan – We will add 1,100 megawatts of new wind resources and upgrade or “repower” 905 MW of our existing wind fleet by 2020.

    PDF Renewable Resources Map

  2. Grown our Blue Sky program – More than 112,000 customers participate in our voluntary Blue SkySM program to support renewable energy in the western region.
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  3. Advanced regional coordination – We led formation of the western Energy Imbalance Market, which is delivering lower cost, reliable electricity to customers while capturing the maximum value from renewable resources.

  4. Invested in transmission lines – Energy Gateway and other transmission projects are helping add renewable energy to the grid.

  5. Supported Oregon clean energy law – We worked together with utility, advocacy and community groups on the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan Act. The law phases out coal from state rates by 2030 and increases the state's renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2040.

Cleaner Transportation

To reduce emissions and advance electric transportation, we've added several plug-in hybrid electric bucket trucks and sedans to our fleet.

Working with stakeholders, we're also paving the way for more electric vehicles across our service area:

  • Revised price schedules in Oregon help make operation of fast charging stations more economical.
  • We are seeking approval in Oregon and California to advance charging infrastructure and support community-based EV initiatives.   

Smart Solutions Save Paper and Resources

With 35 percent of our customers choosing paperless billing, we are saving 245,000 pounds of paper each year. We also send reusable envelopes to customers who prefer a paper bill.

Customer bill statements are printed using waterless dyes, waxes and resins, which produces 90 percent less waste and uses 30 less energy than comparable printers.

Conservation and Respect Reports

These reports summarize our commitment to the environment for each state we serve:

PDF California

PDF Oregon

PDF Washington