Energy Trust helps customers benefit from low-cost energy and homegrown, renewable power. Along the way, the benefits multiply to include bill savings, job creation and business investment and development.
Since 2002, we have:
- Saved and generated 796 average megawatts of electricity and 57 million annual therms of natural gas—enough energy to power Washington county and heat Deschutes County homes
- Saved enough energy equal to the output of a power plant and reduced reliance on fossil fuels
- Invested $1.7 billion to save customers more than $7.6 billion on their energy bills over time
- Added $6.3 billion to the local economy, including $1.9 billion in wages, $343 million in small business income and employment equal to 51,000 full-time jobs lasting a year
- Cut carbon emissions by nearly 22.8 million tons, equal to removing 4 million cars from the roads for a year (See our methodology)
Efficiency remains the least expensive energy resource Oregonians can buy. This affordable energy supply helps utilities avoid investment in new and more expensive energy resources.
Setting a high bar for performance is a key driver for our programs and services. Over time, we have accelerated energy savings to meet increasingly aggressive goals and continue to support new, renewable energy system installations while keeping internal costs low.
We consistently meet or exceed our performance measures set by the Oregon Public Utility Commission for electric and natural gas energy savings, renewable resource development, financial integrity, program delivery efficiency, customer satisfaction, and benefit and cost ratios. In annual budgets approved by our board of directors, we set annual efficiency goals for each program, sector and utility and are accountable to each utility for meeting these goals.