Earlier this year the City Council voted to have Wilsonville participate in the “Green Power Communities” program of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is a voluntary program which seeks to promote use of electricity generated from non-fossil fuels and renewable sources such as wind, solar and geothermal power. Mayor Knapp proclaimed the months of February and March as the “Green Power Challenge for the Wilsonville Community”. The "Challenge" goal was to increase by 200 the number of Portland General Electric (PGE) residential and business customers enrolled in PGE’s voluntary renewable power programs.
At the City Council meeting on April 20, 2015, representatives of PGE reported on the results of the “Green Power Challenge.” At the end of the challenge, a total of 507 City of Wilsonville residents and businesses had signed up for PGE renewable energy: 485 new residential customers and 22 new business customers.
Mayor Knapp said, “Our community clearly cares about the environment and issues like climate change. These citizens and businesses are helping to make a difference, even if it costs a bit more, by using more ‘green energy’ from renewable sources.”
As part of becoming a “Green Power Community,” the City of Wilsonville is now a PGE Clean Wind? program customer at the “Gold” level, offsetting just under seven percent of City operations' electricity usage with power generated from wind farms in Oregon and Washington.
In Wilsonville green energy usage is also strongly supported by the business community; 31 local companies, ranging from small businesses to major employers, have opted to sign up for renewable power.
In all, 54 cities across the United States are EPA Green Power Communities, with 12 located in Oregon.
While requiring a slight premium in cost, choosing sustainably-produced energy on the regional level helps build new infrastructure for renewable-energy production, as well as to create local jobs, improve domestic-energy security and reduce fossil-fuel carbon emissions.
During February and March sales representatives from Green Mountain Energy, a PGE contractor, went door-to-door throughout the community to answer questions about renewable energy and enroll customers in the PGE renewable power programs.
For more information or to sign up for renewable energy, visit www.PortlandGeneral.com/Renewable or call PGE at 503-228-6322.