PGE takes steps to limit environmental impacts


Hybrid vehicle 
Portland, OR, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — July 2, 2008 – U.S. utility Portland General Electric has several projects in hand that will benefit the environment – and in some cases also the utility itself.

One such project is the Paperless Bill program. PGE customers who sign up for the program July 1 through August 15, 2008, will have the opportunity to vote to direct a $20,000 PGE donation to one of four Oregon environmental groups.

“Going paperless is a great way for customers to simplify their life, make an earth-friendly choice and give a boost to Oregon habitat restoration and watershed protection,” said Carol Dillin, vice president of public policy, PGE.

Even though PGE uses recycled paper, a paperless bill is still the more sustainable, earth-friendly choice. If 20 percent of U.S. households switched to electronic billing, statements and payments, every year the collective impact would:

  • Save more than 150 million pounds of paper
  • Avoid creating more than 1.4 billion gallons of wastewater – enough water to fill 2,180 Olympic-size swimming pools
  • Avoid producing more than 3.9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions – equivalent to taking 325,722 cars off the road.

Another project involves the installation of 12 electric vehicle charging stations in the utility’s service territory to service plug-in hybrid cars. PGE hopes to be able to gauge the level of demand for this service, which if high would have a major impact on the company’s activities. It is working with the Oregon Department of Transportation and other parties to develop standards for the charging stations, and to roll out a public awareness campaign to encourage adoption of the hybrid vehicles.