Clean Wind is an easy, economical way to help support wind farms.
Under this option, your actual energy use is billed at the Basic Service rate. You pay an extra fixed $2.50 monthly charge on your bill for a unit of renewable wind power. One unit purchased is equivalent to 200 kilowatt hours (kWh) of new wind generation. You can purchase as many units as you want.
- Your electricity price equals your actual usage billed at the Basic Service rate plus an additional $2.50 per unit of Clean Wind.
- A portion of this payment goes toward developing new renewable resources in Oregon and a portion goes to purchase new wind power from the Northwest.
- These charges do not reflect your total PGE bill, which includes other charges billed to all customers such as your current energy rate, basic charge, distribution and supplemental adjustments.
- For a customer using 910 kWh per month, one unit represents about 20 percent of your usage coming from renewable energy.
- Prices cannot be changed without OPUC approval.
To choose Clean Wind, fill out our online renewable power enrollment form. More information about all PGE’s renewable power programs is available at GreenPowerOregon.
PGE has bought or plans to buy power or unique claims on the electricity produced from these types of power plants. The portion supplied by PGE is based on recent utility production and purchases. (May not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.)
The table below shows the sources of all the power sent to a typical 1,000 kWh per month Clean Wind customer. The 200 kWh Clean Wind “unit” is about 20 percent of the total power delivered.
(supply mix reflects PGE’s Basic Service mix plus one unit of Clean Wind.)
(amounts of pollutants per kWh of supply mix compared to the Northwest U.S average)
*Source: Oregon Department of Energy, 2013 data.
Clean Wind assumes one unit (200 kWh) of wind is purchased by a consumer using an average of 1,000 kWh per month. Clean Wind assumes one unit (200 kWh) of wind is added to the fuel mix, reducing the environmental impact by 20 percent for a consumer using 1,000 kWh per month.
Carbon dioxide is a major contributor to global climate change. Among the likely impacts for Oregon are less mountain snow pack and less water available in summer, higher sea levels, and threats to forests, crops, and fish and wildlife habitat. Coal and natural gas are the main sources of carbon dioxide from power generation.
Nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide are air pollutants that affect human health, plants, fish and wildlife. Nitrogen oxides contribute to smog. Coal is the main source of these pollutants from power generation. Natural gas plants produce nitrogen oxides.
Nuclear fuel wastes contain the most radioactive and long-lived waste formed during operation of nuclear power plants. These wastes are stored at nuclear power reactor sites. The United States has no permanent disposal site for these wastes.
Some hydropower dams contribute to the decline of salmon and other fish and wildlife populations.
Where does the power come from?
All of the renewable energy comes from 100 percent new sources (operational in the last 15 years) located in the Western Electricity Coordinating Council region. For 2015, PGE plans to purchase renewable power from these sources.
Additional information about renewable energy certificates
When a renewable energy facility operates, it creates electricity that is delivered into a vast network of transmission wires, often referred to as “the grid.” The grid is segmented into regional power pools; in many cases these pools are not interconnected. To help facilitate the sale of renewable electricity nationally, a system was established that separates renewable electricity generation into two parts: the electricity or electrical energy produced by a renewable generator and the renewable “attributes” of that generation. The renewable attributes or “green” attributes are sold separately as renewable energy certificates (RECs). Only one certificate may be issued for each unit of renewable electricity produced. The electricity that was split from the REC is no longer considered “renewable” and cannot be counted as renewable or zero-emissions by whoever buys it.
This product is comprised of RECs. With the purchase of RECs, you are buying the renewable attributes (i.e. environmental benefits) of a specific amount and type of renewable energy generation. You will continue to receive a separate electricity bill from PGE. Your purchase of renewable certificates helps offset conventional electricity generation in the region where the renewable generator is located. Your purchase also helps build a market for renewable electricity and may have other local and global environmental benefits such as reduced global climate change and regional air pollution.
The renewable certificates in this product are verified and certified by Green-e® Energy. Each supplier of renewable certificates is required to disclose the quantity, type and geographic source of each certificate. Please see the Product Content Label (PDF) for this information. Green-e Energy also verifies that the renewable certificates are not sold more than once or claimed by more than one party. For information on Green-e Energy please visit their website www.green-e.org, or call them toll-free, 1-888-63-GREEN.