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RNP Press Release
July 2, 2003

Audubon Society of Portland "Goes Green" and Signs Up For 100 Percent Renewale Electricity

Encourages Additional Sign-ups for PGE’s and Pacific Power’s Renewable Power Options through New Member Outreach

Portland, OR­ -- Audubon Society of Portland announced today that it is now purchasing electricity that is made from 100 percent renewable sources at its main and Marmot campuses. The Audubon Society of Portland also announced a new member outreach program, in agreement with Renewable Northwest Project, Green Mountain Energy Company, Pacific Power and Portland General Electric (PGE), to spur additional signups for renewable energy.

 
By purchasing 100 percent renewable energy from PGE, the Audubon Society of Portland is preventing more than 14 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) production (nearly 29,000 pounds) each year, as much as a car makes in nearly 32,000 miles. It would take almost 10 acres of trees an entire year to remove that amount of CO2 from the air.
 
"As consumers we have the power to directly impact air quality as well as our dependency upon fossil fuels by purchasing renewable energy. This outreach partnership is a great way for Audubon Society of Portland and its membership to affect positive change," said Tammi Miller, conservation committee member, Audubon Society of Portland.
 
The Audubon Society of Portland also has joined with the Renewable Northwest Project (RNP), a regional non-profit promoting solar, wind, and geothermal energy, to create an outreach program to further support renewable energy in Portland. Through this program, the Audubon Society of Portland is educating thousands of members about the benefits of renewable energy and encouraging them to sign up for one of the three renewable energy options offered by both PGE and Pacific Power.
 
"Audubon Society of Portland is making a great commitment in support of renewable energy with both their purchase through PGE and their outreach efforts," said Rachel Shimshak, director of the Renewable Northwest Project. "Portland Audubon and other environmental groups have allowed us to reach a significant number of consumers with information about renewable energy."
 
"We are honored to be working with such a prestigious organization to promote and advance renewable energy in Oregon," said Karen Norris, Oregon program director for Green Mountain Energy Company. "Audubon Society of Portland’s support of renewable energy helps keep Oregon clean by reducing the organization’s share of CO2 emissions from electricity use. Buying cleaner electricity and encouraging its members to do the same is consistent with Audubon’s mission as an environmental steward."
 
"The Audubon Society of Portland is a leader as more environmentally conscious organizations choose a ‘green’ power supply," said Thor Hinckley, PGE’s renewable products manager. "We’re very pleased to support the society by meeting its renewable energy needs."
 
Audubon Society of Portland’s outreach activities include articles in its monthly newsletter, the Audubon Warbler; sign-up sheets and information at the organization’s administrative offices, as well as a special section on the website www.audubonportland.org/renew.html that educates members about their renewable energy options and links to enrollment information.
 
Since March 1, 2002, Oregonians have been able to choose from three renewable power options: Renewable Usage ­ Green Mountain Energy‚ Electricity; Habitat ­ Green Mountain Energy‚ Salmon-Friendly Plan; and Fixed Renewable ­ PGE’s Clean Windsm and Pacific Power’s Blue Skysm wind power. Customer sign-ups for the utilities’ renewable energy offerings have more than quadrupled. Between Pacific Power and PGE over 37,000 Oregonians have signed up for one of the three renewable power options.
 
As part of the Renewable Northwest Project’s outreach program, the Audubon Society of Portland will receive $15 for each enrollment in one of these renewable options through the Audubon Society of Portland program.(1) There are three ways Oregon PGE and Pacific Power customers can sign up for renewable power through the Audubon Society of Portland program(2):
 
1. Through the mail: Download the Audubon Society of Portland brochure available at http://www.audubonportland.org/renew.html, print out the form, fill it out and mail it to: Renewable Northwest Project, 917 SW Oak St., Ste. 303, Portland, OR 97205-2214; or fax it to: 502-223-4554
 
2. Via the web: Enroll online through Pacific Power's web site: www. pacificpower.net, and choose "Audubon Society of Portland" from the drop-down list on the form; or through PGE’s web site: www.PortlandGeneral.com/PowerOptions, and entering the promotion code "Audubon".
 
3. By phone: Just call Pacific Power at 1-800-769-3717 or PGE at 1-800-542-8818 and tell them you've been referred to renewable power through Audubon Society of Portland.
 
About The Audubon Society of Portland
Founded in 1902, ASoP is the largest affiliated chapter of the National Audubon Society, with over 10,000 members, 24 regular staff, additional seasonal staff, and more than 1,000 volunteers. Our mission statement describes our philosophy: Audubon Society of Portland promotes the enjoyment, understanding and protection of native birds, wildlife and their habitats. We focus on our local community and the Pacific North West. To accomplish its mission, ASoP sponsors education programs and field trips, provides leadership on important conservation issues both locally and state-wide, including important initiatives on urban conservation, runs a wildlife rehabilitation facility, owns and manages wildlife sanctuaries, and operates a natural history bookstore and gift shop. Visit us online at www.audubonportland.org.
 
About The Renewable Northwest Project
The Renewable Northwest Project is an environmental, non-profit organization promoting renewable energy projects and policies in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Visit online at www.RNP.org.
 
About Pacific Power Pacific Power
serves 520,000 Oregon customers as part of its six-state PacifiCorp network that serves 1.5 million customers with safe, reliable electric service. The company includes environmental sustainability in its mission and works to contain the environmental impact of activities and demonstrate environmental care in the communities it serves. Find out more about Pacific Power’s energy options by visiting pacificpower.net or by calling 1.800.769.3717.
 
About Portland General Electric
Portland General Electric (PGE) is a recognized leader in the utility industry with more than a century of experience delivering safe and reliable electricity. PGE serves more than 740,000 retail customers in northwest Oregon and wholesale customers throughout the western United States. The company supports the community through a variety of innovative philanthropic, volunteer and environmental stewardship efforts. Visit PGE on the Web at PortlandGeneral.com.
 
About Green Mountain Energy Company
Founded in 1997 to "change the way power is made", Green Mountain Energy Company (www.greenmountain.com) sells cleaner electricity generated from sources such as wind, solar, water, geothermal, biomass and natural gas to residential, business, institutional and governmental customers. Green Mountain Energy Company is the nation’s largest and fastest growing retail provider of cleaner electricity. The company is based in Austin, Texas.
 
(1)PGE and Pacific Power’s Oregon customers who sign up must meet utility eligibility criteria and successfully enroll before donation is made.
(2)Customers will not have electricity from a specific renewable generation facility delivered directly to their home or business, but are purchasing geothermal and wind-generated power to be delivered to their region.
 
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For more information contact:
Tammi Miller
Audubon Society of Portland
503.292.6855 Ext. 102
 
Diane Zipper
Renewable Northwest Project
503.223.4544
Diane@rnp.org
 
Molly Hanlon
Green Mountain Energy Company
512-691-6187
512-695-0043 (mobile)
molly.hanlon@greenmountain.com
 
Mark Fryburg
Portland General Electric
503-464-8444
mark_fryburg@pgn.com
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