Oregon communities Light Up the Holidays with Renewable Energy

December 04, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. — You have the glowing snowflakes in Grants Pass, the shimmering ice skating rink in downtown Redmond and the bustle of nighttime shopping on Broadway in Seaside. These and 11 other festive community holiday lighting displays celebrate the season while illuminating the importance of renewable energy.

Throughout Oregon, Pacific Power communities are getting the power for their local lighting celebrations offset by emission-free renewable energy. Taken together, these holiday lighting displays are being greened with nearly a quarter million kilowatt hours of Blue Sky renewable energy. The renewable energy supported on behalf of these holiday lighting displays will:

  • Avoid approximately 270,000 pounds of carbon dioxide,
  • Which is the environmental equivalent of not driving more than 278,000 miles
  • Or 671 roundtrips from Prineville (illuminated cowboy hats) to Lincoln City (tree in front of cultural center).

“These community lights go right to the roots of our communities,” said Pat Reiten, president and CEO of Pacific Power. “Bringing light to the holidays is part of Pacific Power’s commitment to its customers today, and for more than a century. With renewable energy becoming part of the fabric of the state, we’re proud to have our Blue Sky participants ‘green’ these traditional festivals, lighting the season.”

Pacific Power customers can also celebrate the season by greening their own homes and businesses. Buying just one, 100-kilowatt hour block of Blue Sky power costs only $1.95 per month. Customers can buy as many blocks as they wish or even match all of their usage with renewable energy through the Blue Sky Usage or Habitat options.

Currently, approximately 45,500 Pacific Power customers are enrolled in Blue Sky. Customers can sign up for Blue Sky renewable energy by calling Pacific Power at 1-800-769-3717 or by visiting www.pacificpower.net/bluesky .
Communities greening their holiday lighting displays this year include:

  • Albany
  • Bend
  • Corvallis
  • Grants Pass
  • Hood River
  • Jacksonville
  • Lebanon
  • Lincoln City
  • Madras
  • Medford
  • Philomath
  • Prineville
  • Redmond
  • Seaside

About Blue Sky
Strong customer support has enabled the Blue Sky program to be instrumental in the creation of more federally recognized Green Power Communities than any other program in the nation. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the seventh consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power and for renewable power sales volume. The program is Green-e Energy certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets the rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. About 45,500 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing more than 1.7 million customers with reliable, efficient energy. The company works to meet its customers’ growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power serves approximately 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California.