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This all sounds nice, however, the math doesn't add up. Say we all signed up for it, then PGE would have to provide 100% of energy from wind, geothermal, solar etc which they are not prepared to do. The NW gets 2/3 of its energy from renewable sources anyway (Hydropower). I suspect PGE is using the "wind energy" money to build more coal fired plants to meet increasing energy needs. True? False? If there was a way to guarantee that your specific electricity feed is generated by carbon neutral sources I would be less suspicious.

Having said all that, am I for PGE using that money to DEVELOP more energy sources that are "clean"? Yes! But I am not convinced they are doing that either. Correct me if you think otherwise, I would love to be worng.


I have worked on green energy issues for a long time. I cannot believe the Oregon Public Utility Commission allows surcharges for green energy. Conservation and renewable sources are are cheaper than gas turbines, the usual way in this region to add capacity. Gas turbines will become more expensive when carbon taxation comes in. So why should customers pay more for something that costs less?

Bonneville is a great, carbon-neutral source, but Bonneville capacity goes first to public power systems like Seattle, Clark County, WA and Eugene by law. Once that capacity is consumed by the public utilities, Portland's PGE will have to buy expensive power at market rates.

In summary, public power is a more effective green strategy than private power surcharges in the Northwest.

It's kWh, as in Watt, by the way.


There's something deeply wrong about charging people extra money for the privilege of being "green." It should be available to anyone for the same price or less, as is the case in Germany.


How about taking the $7 fee for green power that PGE charges, putting it into a Fund? Or investing in your own individual energy independence?

If there were a fund of some sort, the fund could be managed by a non-profit based, community directed group and used to invest in clean and green energy infrastructure/power sources. The ownership of that infrastructure would remain with the group or be transferred to local government (for liability reasons).

The idea, to ween ourselves from profit based energy service providers from some other state to a local, community based, non-profit with the interests of the service users better represented.

Recall a few years ago the City of Portland bid on PGE for purchase through Enron. The result after an expensive election and lawyers was for PGE to transfer from Texas based Enron to a publicly traded stock company.

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