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Energy Trust of Oregon Yields Big Energy Savings
After completing its first full year of operation, the Energy Trust of Oregon, Inc. has plenty to show for it, having served more than 16,000 households and businesses in about 100 communities across the state. The nonprofit agency offers programs that encourage energy efficiency and wind and solar energy use, and also provides about $1 million each year to support a range of renewable energy projects. According to the agency's 2003 annual report, released on September 27th, those combined efforts yielded enough energy savings and clean energy to power 23,000 Oregon homes. The Energy Trust's accomplishments include supporting thousands of energy efficiency projects, 78 solar electric projects, and the 41-megawatt Combine Hills wind project. The Energy Trust provides its services to customers of Pacific Power, Portland General Electric, and NW Natural (a natural gas utility) and is funded through those customers' utility bills. See the Energy Trust of Oregon's press release (PDF 31 KB), annual report (PDF 1.5 MB), and Web site. Download Acrobat Reader.