Below is some information from the Citizen Utilities' Board Press Release. I was glad to discover Oregon leads the nation and that 4.7% of consumers choose Green power. That is positive news but it also means that 95.3% don't. I've included the linsk below so you can get signed up.
"One important aspect of the Portfolio Options program is that all the renewable energy sources included under its auspices must be "new" renewables, developed since July 1999. This ensures that utilities are actually going above and beyond what standards might already have been in place without this voluntary customer participation. Every kilowatt hour of green energy produced, and -- more importantly -- purchased, displaces a kilowatt hour of brown energy. The Portfolio Options program creates new demand for clean energy, and that demand sparks new production. All of which serves to keep Oregon moving in the right direction for a clean and sustainable energy future.
The Portfolio Options program was mandated by SB 1149, which CUB helped to write and to pass in the Oregon Legislature. We are proud of our work catalyzing and shaping this renewable energy program, and glad that 4.7% of eligible customers are participating in the program. Let's make that number even higher.
If you are not already buying green power, go to Pacific Power ( http://www.mypoweroptions.com/bluesky/form.php) or to the PGE ( http://www.mypoweroptions.com/bluesky/form.php) or to the PGE ( link to www.portlandgeneral.com) website to sign up now. "