DOE Ranks PGE No. 1 in U.S. for Number of Renewable Power Customers

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DOE Ranks PGE No. 1 in U.S. for Number of Renewable Power Customers

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Portland General Electric (NYSE:POR) has more renewable power customers than any other utility in the United States. That's according to the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which today released its annual rankings of the nation's top utility green pricing programs.

At the end of 2010, PGE had nearly 78,000 business and residential renewable customers, or 12.6 percent of its eligible customers, enrolled in a PGE renewable power program, which is well over the national average of 2 percent participation rate for other utilities.

This marks the second consecutive year PGE has received NREL's No. 1 ranking for number of business and residential renewable power customers. PGE also continues to hold NREL's top spot for selling more renewable power to residential customers than any other utility in the United States.

"Our customers again have proven Oregon continues to be a leader in renewable energy and sustainability," said Carol Dillin, vice president, customers and economic development, PGE. "Our customers tell us every day they want choices when deciding how to power their homes and businesses and many choose renewable power. We are very proud of that."

Separately, NREL released lists of the top 10 national Utility Green Power Programs in five categories based on 2010 data. PGE's highlights include:

  • Renewable Energy Sales. For the sixth consecutive year, PGE maintained its No 1 ranking of renewable energy sales to residential customers, and also holds the No. 2 ranking of total renewable energy sales to residential and commercial customers combined. PGE customers purchased more than 735,000 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy in 2010, which is equivalent to the entire output of a 250-megawatt wind farm.
  • Customer Participation Rate: PGE held on to the No. 2 position in the nation for the percentage of customers who purchase a renewable power option. At the end of 2010, PGE had 12.6 percent of eligible customers purchasing a renewable power option.

NREL rankings are based on raw numbers for calendar year 2010 and are not adjusted for the size of the utility. The full report can be accessed at

Green Mountain Energy Company is PGE's agent for renewable power marketing services and supply. The company has been serving in this role since 2001.

For more information about PGE's renewable programs, visit

About PGE

Portland General Electric Company, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a fully integrated electric utility that serves approximately 821,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. Visit our website at

*Customers will not have electricity from a specific renewable generation facility delivered directly to their homes or businesses, but are purchasing renewable power to be delivered in their region.

Portland General Electric
Elaina Medina, 503-464-8790

Source: Portland General Electric

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