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Portland General Electric has unveiled a new initiative to accelerate consumer adoption and use of renewable energy.

The Green Future Impact will help large commercial and industrial customers in Oregon to source 100% of their energy from wind and solar energy facilities.

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The programme was approved by the Oregon Public Utility Commission earlier this year after a collaborative process. Customers qualify if they have more than a 30kW annual aggregate peak demand or a 10MW average load.

Green Future Impact is expected to add up to 300MW of new renewable resources to the utility’s system.

After enrollment opened, customers committed to purchase output equal to an approximately 160MW renewable energy facility in just over three minutes.

Customers who enrolled in the programme include Adobe, Comcast, Daimler Trucks North America, Digital Realty, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland Community College, Portland State University and the cities of Beaverton, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Portland, Salem, West Linn and Wilsonville, along with Multnomah and Washington counties.

“Cities and large customers are leading the way to a clean energy future. We are pleased to offer another cost-effective way to help them achieve their green energy goals,” said PGE President and CEO Maria Pope. “Together, we are making Oregon an example in the fight against climate change.”

The first facility will be located in Oregon and operational by the end of 2021. As a bundled green product, customers will receive energy from that facility, along with the associated renewable energy credits.

Subscriptions are for 10- or 15-year terms and pricing reflects the actual cost of producing and delivering the energy from a specific facility. The product is self-supporting, ensuring that no costs are shifted to non-participating customers. For more information, go to www.PortlandGeneral.com/greenfutureimpact.  

“Adobe is proud to partner with PGE on their Green Future Impact – the very first green tariff for PGE. This is an important step toward PGE’s renewable energy deployment and will be instrumental in helping Adobe meet our RE100 goal and Science-Based Targets by decarbonizing the grid that powers the majority of our digital operations. We are fully supportive of bringing renewable energy not only to our facilities but also to our communities so that both people and businesses can thrive in the long run.”

Vince Digneo, sustainability strategist, Adobe