As an EPA Green Power Partner, the City of Lake Oswego encourages its citizens and businesses to invest in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and understand what resources are available to help us lead more efficient and affordable lives.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Energy efficiency and conservation provide the best opportunity to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce our GHG emissions. Learn more here.
Water conservation is closely related to energy conservation. More than half the electricity used by the City for its operations is to pump, treat, and move drinking water. Learn more about the City's water conservation program, including free technical assistance, rebates, and incentives.
Renewable Energy for the City
The City of Lake Oswego recently agreed to purchase 100% Clean Wind energy from PGE for all of its Schedule 83 accounts (largest consumers of electricity). Purchasing clean wind renewable energy credits (RECs) for the City demonstrates a commitment to building the Northwest's renewable energy sector, creating jobs, and a clean economy. The City of Lake Oswego now joins the City of Beaverton and the City of Milwaukie in purchasing Clean Wind at the Platinum level. Hillsboro, Gresham, and Wilsonville are all Gold level purchasers.
Based on current electricity usage, the City will reduce its CO2 emissions by 8,945,302 lbs annually. That is equivalent to planting 1,065 trees or not driving 9,982,036 miles. As the City continues to invest in energy efficient technologies, such as LED lights and solar arrays, the amount that the City will need to spend on purchasing Clean Wind will decrease over time.
As a result of this purchase, the City is now an EPA Green Power Partner! We are working towards becoming an EPA Green Power Community, joining a network of cities across the country whose purchase of renewable energy is keeping tons of CO2 out of our atmosphere. Please join us in purchasing renewable energy from Portland General Electric and create a healthy Lake Oswego for future generations!
Some FAQs about the City Clean Wind Purchase:
1. How much does this cost the City?
The estimated annual cost to purchase Clean Wind from PGE is $25,100/year. As the City continues to invest in energy efficient technologies and produce renewable energy onsite at new facilities, the amount that we will spend on Clean Wind will decrease as our energy usage decreases. The $25,100/year is approximately 4.2% of what was spent on electricity for the accounts that are eligible to participate in the Clean Wind program.
2. I'm a little confused about the 100% number. Can you explain?
Federal regulations determine what type of electricity accounts are eligible to purchase renewable energy credits. In the City of Lake Oswego, we have many accounts- each traffic signal is its own PGE account! These little ones are not eligible to participate. The City purchased Clean Wind for what are called Schedule 83 accounts (Large Nonresidential Standard Service (31-200kW)), which are our largest accounts. These account for over 60% of the energy used by the City. By buying Clean Wind for 100% of these accounts, the City of Lake Oswego is a Platinum level supporter of Clean Wind, along with the City of Beaverton, City of Milwaukie, Burgerville, Dave's Killer Bread, EasyStreet Online Services, Organically Grown Company, Portland Timbers, and Wieden + Kennedy.
3. How do I know that this purchase is actually buying wind power? Does this turn on the turbines in The Gorge? What exactly are these "Renewable Energy Credits" and do they do anything?
There is a lot of confusion about Renewable Energy Credits, and why we pay extra for renewable energy.
Check out all the options on their Renewable Energy Options site.
Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
A major concern to the Lake Oswego community and beyond is a changing climate due to increased greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from human activity. Learn more about climate change, Lake Oswego's GHG emissions, and actions we can take.
Find additional climate change resources here.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
The City has installed electric vehicle charging stations in downtown Lake Oswego as part of two state-wide electric vehicle (EV) charging station infrastructure projects. Learn more about the projects here.