Energy Trust in Your Community

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Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, and accelerates economic and environmental benefits. Learn about our benefits and results.

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With snowcapped mountains to the west and high desert stretching to the east, Central Oregon’s diverse landscape and ample sunshine have made it one of the most concentrated year-round recreation areas in the state. The historically forest-based economy now also includes tourism, recreational equipment, aviation, software, high technology and vibrant retail trade.

Construction makes up a significant portion of this fast-growing area’s economy. Adoption of energy-efficiency and renewable energy strategies for residential and commercial construction dates to the early 2000s and the area now boasts a concentration of green building assessment, design, construction and retrofit professionals building net and near-net zero homes and business structures.

The region’s largest community, Bend, launched a highly successful Energy Challenge program in 2015, which achieved national ranking and continues to guide public policy and local energy choices. Ample sunshine makes solar systems a popular choice for homes, businesses and utilities. Other significant energy projects include piping irrigation canals to prevent water loss from evaporation and seepage and at the same time generate electricity to offset operation costs.

We serve Pacific Power and Cascade Natural Gas customers in Central Oregon. A member of our volunteer board of directors is from the area: Lindsey Hardy of Bend.

Energy Trust Investments Deliver for Central Oregon

County-Wide

Locations ServedParticipating ContractorsAnnual Customer Bill Savings
34,000190$21 million

Residential

Solar ParticipantsHomes More EfficientIncentives Received
74031,000$14 million

Business

Renewable Energy SystemsBusinesses More EfficientIncentives Received
902,200$25 million

Data from 1/1/2002-12/1/2016 for Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson and Wasco counties.

 

Behind the numbers

We’ve helped Central Oregon communities, families and businesses like:

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We have resources and tools to help communities advance their clean energy objectives, save energy and tap renewable energy resources.

  • View available residential, commercial and industrial and agricultural services and incentives
  • Find a local contractor who is an Energy Trust trade ally—and knowledgeable about Energy Trust offers and incentives
  • Sign up for our blog to receive up-to-date news and information about Energy Trust
  • View our Events calendar for upcoming events, meetings, conferences, workshops and more that Energy Trust is hosting or participating in
  • Download our latest success stories handout from this region
  • Share these no-cost and low-cost tips for making small, affordable changes to help increase home comfort and lower energy costs
  • Energy tips newsletter—Send your friends and colleagues The Buzz, a newsletter we’ve created with information on ways to save

More resources >

We’re here to help. Call or email us if you’re looking for information on our programs, whether we can sponsor, table or speak at your event, and how we might work with you to advance your community’s clean energy or sustainability goals.

 

Susan Badger Jones is our Eastern Oregon Outreach Manager and serves Central Oregon, too.

Email info@energytrust.org to get in touch with Susan.

She can help answer your questions, provide information and connect you with Energy Trust experts in energy-efficiency and renewable energy.

 

Our program and outreach representatives are ready to answer your questions.

Call our toll-free number: 1.866.368.7878

Or send us an email: info@energytrust.org

English- and Spanish-speaking representatives are available.

Eastern Oregon is the largest and most sparsely populated region Energy Trust serves. It includes the diverse landscape and communities of 10 counties and more than 26,000 square miles. Depending on the location, the views range from wide open vistas to snowcapped mountains, and from rich farmlands and waterways to the depths of Hells Canyon. The region is a farming and agricultural producer for Oregon, including dry land wheat, alfalfa hay, grass seed, Hermiston watermelons, potatoes, onions, sugar beets, cattle ranching, grass fed beef and timber. Many communities don’t have natural gas service and many rural electric customers are served by consumer-owned utilities rather than the investor-owned utilities served by Energy Trust.

Varied Eastern Oregon terrain and climate offer numerous renewable energy opportunities, including wind, solar, small hydropower from piped irrigation systems, woody biomass and biogas. The solar resource is universally good, and many systems have been installed on home rooftops and commercial buildings.

Pendleton’s Blue Mountain Community College provides numerous regional education and business services from Boardman to Baker City.

Umatilla County is home to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and its Tamastslikt Cultural Center. Efficiency and renewables abound here, including community-sponsored solarize campaigns and one of the state’s first commercial windfarms, near the state line with Washington.

An increasing segment of energy needs in Wallowa County are being met with solar, woody biomass and now small hydropower. The county is a leader in irrigation modernization, which involves piping irrigation ditch systems to limit water loss to seepage and evaporation, to pressurize water for more efficient irrigation and at the same time produce electricity for local use and ultimately, leave more water for downstream fish habitat

We serve Pacific Power, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista customers in Eastern Oregon. Expertise for Energy Trust services in this region are provided by a combination of technical people in Eastern Oregon and additional technical staff who regularly travel through the region.

Energy Trust Investments Deliver for Eastern Oregon

County-Wide

Locations ServedParticipating ContractorsAnnual Customer Bill Savings
10,200190$6 million

Residential

Solar ParticipantsHomes More EfficientIncentives Received
1609,250$3 million

Business

Renewable Energy SystemsBusinesses More EfficientIncentives Received
80760$23 million

Data from 1/1/2002-12/1/2016 for Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler counties.

 

Behind the numbers

We’ve helped Eastern Oregon communities, families and businesses like

See more success stories >

We have resources and tools to help communities advance their clean energy objectives, save energy and tap renewable energy resources.

  • View available residential, commercial and industrial and agricultural services and incentives
  • Find a local contractor who is an Energy Trust trade ally—and knowledgeable about Energy Trust offers and incentives
  • Sign up for our blog to receive up-to-date news and information about Energy Trust
  • View our Events calendar for upcoming events, meetings, conferences, workshops and more that Energy Trust is hosting or participating in
  • Download our latest success stories handout from this region
  • Share these no-cost and low-cost tips for making small, affordable changes to help increase home comfort and lower energy costs
  • Energy tips newsletter—Send your friends and colleagues The Buzz, a newsletter we’ve created with information on ways to save

More resources >

We’re here to help. Call or email us if you’re looking for information on our programs, whether we can sponsor, table or speak at your event, and how we might work with you to advance your community’s clean energy or sustainability goals.

Susan Badger Jones is our Eastern Oregon Outreach Manager.

Email info@energytrust.org to get in touch with Susan.

She can help answer your questions, provide information and connect you with Energy Trust experts in energy-efficiency and renewable energy.

 

Our program and outreach representatives are ready to answer your questions.

Call our toll-free number: 1.866.368.7878

Or send us an email: info@energytrust.org

English- and Spanish-speaking representatives are available.

This region is Lewis and Clark Country: from the tall firs gracing the Columbia River estuary to the iconic fishing fleet in Yaquina Bay, Northwest Oregon and the North Coast are the places many people envision when they first think of Oregon.

Traditional natural resource industries like logging, fishing and farming now share the territory with world famous dairies, a national marine energy lab, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research facility and food processors which help to feed a hungry world.

The region is also renowned for its public beaches and seemingly endless array of state parks. Add in stunning landscapes and vistas and it’s no wonder that this region supports and relies upon a vibrant tourist economy. And when the sun sets on the Pacific, many of the surfers and anglers sit down for a pint with the loggers at Rogue, Pelican, Fort George or any one of the region’s other famous breweries.

We serve Pacific Power and NW Natural customers along the North Coast. Consumer-owned utilities also serve the region.

Energy Trust Investments Deliver for the North Coast

County-Wide

Locations ServedParticipating ContractorsAnnual Customer Bill Savings
17,50080$6 million

Residential

Solar ParticipantsHomes More EfficientIncentives Received
3516,500$3 million

Business

Renewable Energy SystemsBusinesses More EfficientIncentives Received
15950$10 million

Data from 1/1/2002-12/1/2016 for Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln and Tillamook counties.

 

Behind the numbers

We’ve helped North Coast communities, families and businesses like:

See more success stories >

We have resources and tools to help communities advance their clean energy objectives, save energy and tap renewable energy resources.

  • View available residential, commercial and industrial and agricultural services and incentives
  • Find a local contractor who is an Energy Trust trade ally—and knowledgeable about Energy Trust offers and incentives
  • Sign up for our blog to receive up-to-date news and information about Energy Trust
  • View our Events calendar for upcoming events, meetings, conferences, workshops and more that Energy Trust is hosting or participating in
  • Download our latest success stories handout from this region
  • Share these no-cost and low-cost tips for making small, affordable changes to help increase home comfort and lower energy costs
  • Energy tips newsletter—Send your friends and colleagues The Buzz, a newsletter we’ve created with information on ways to save

More resources >

We’re here to help. Call or email us if you’re looking for information on our programs, whether we can sponsor, table or speak at your event, and how we might work with you to advance your community’s clean energy or sustainability goals.

 

Our program and outreach representatives are ready to answer your questions.

Call our toll-free number: 1.866.368.7878

Or send us an email: info@energytrust.org

English- and Spanish-speaking representatives are available.

Downriver from the City of Hood River and sitting at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers, the Portland metropolitan area is Oregon’s largest population center and helps power Oregon’s economy. Separating Portland and Hood River is the storied Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area which features more waterfalls per square mile than anyplace in the lower 48 states. Shipyards and vineyards, sportswear leaders and software coders all call this area home.

We serve Portland General Electric, Pacific Power and NW Natural customers in the Portland Metro and Hood River area, as well as NW Natural customers in Southwest Washington.

Our volunteer board of directors includes members from the area:

  • Debbie Kitchin, board president, Portland
  • Dan Enloe, board treasurer, Washington County
  • Steve Bloom, OPUC ex-officio to board, Lake Oswego
  • Susan Brodahl, Portland
  • Heather Beusse Eberhardt, Portland
  • Eddie Sherman, Portland

Energy Trust Investments Deliver for Portland Metro and Hood River

County-Wide

Locations ServedParticipating ContractorsAnnual Customer Bill Savings
386,000670$244 million

Residential

Solar ParticipantsHomes More EfficientIncentives Received
5,900360,000$182 million

Business

Renewable Energy SystemsBusinesses More EfficientIncentives Received
44021,400$300 million

Data from 1/1/2002-12/1/2016 for Clackamas, Hood River, Multnomah and Washington counties.

 

Behind the numbers

We’ve helped Portland Metro and Hood River communities, families and businesses like

See more success stories >

We have resources and tools to help communities advance their clean energy objectives, save energy and tap renewable energy resources.

  • View available residential, commercial and industrial and agricultural services and incentives
  • Find a local contractor who is an Energy Trust trade ally—and knowledgeable about Energy Trust offers and incentives
  • Sign up for our blog to receive up-to-date news and information about Energy Trust
  • View our Events calendar for upcoming events, meetings, conferences, workshops and more that Energy Trust is hosting or participating in
  • Download our latest success stories handout from this region
  • Share these no-cost and low-cost tips for making small, affordable changes to help increase home comfort and lower energy costs
  • Energy tips newsletter—Send your friends and colleagues The Buzz, a newsletter we’ve created with information on ways to save

More resources >

We’re here to help. Call or email us if you’re looking for information on our programs, whether we can sponsor, table or speak at your event, and how we might work with you to advance your community’s clean energy or sustainability goals.

 

Our program and outreach representatives are ready to answer your questions.

Call our toll-free number: 1.866.368.7878

Or send us an email: info@energytrust.org

English- and Spanish-speaking representatives are available.

In Southern Oregon we serve Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath and Lake counties. Curry County is outside of our territory and is served by Coos-Curry Electric Co-operative.

Southern Oregon is a diverse geographic area with an evolving resource-based economy. The region stretches from the Oregon coast, across the high Cascades at Crater Lake National Park, to the often lake-filled desert valleys of south central Oregon. Off the Southern Oregon coast are some of the world’s best-rated waves for energy generation. And on the eastside of the Cascades are rare geothermal resources, some of which are already under commercial production. The entirety of Southern Oregon is awash in solar resources.

The natural resource industries have traditionally included wood products, fisheries, agriculture and mining. Recreational activities, including hunting, fishing, river-boating, hiking, biking and sight-seeing, are now very important to the economy. Arts, agro-tourism and sporting activities are also increasingly popular.

Southern Oregon has many individuals and organizations working toward community sustainability and resilience. They are proactive about energy conservation, energy-efficiency improvements and the integration of renewable energy options. If you are a resident of Southern Oregon, check out energy initiatives in your area:

  • The Rogue Valley’s City of Talent, through its Together for Talent committee, is formulating and adopting an energy action plan, and has hired an AmeriCorps RARE member to help implement it.
  • Douglas County has a vibrant community energy group based in Roseburg, Douglas County Smart Energy (DCSE). DCSE is working toward county-wide increased implementation of energy-efficiency measures and solar power. Its AmeriCorps RARE member will be working to advance these objectives.
  • Lake County, largely through the efforts of Lake County Resources Initiative and city and county leadership, has been moving Lake County toward being America’s first net-zero county; their goal is to be a net-exporter of clean, renewable energy.

Through our Trade Ally Network, Energy Trust works directly with architects and design-build firms, home builders, realtors, and contractors of many kinds and trades, to deliver energy technologies and savings to customers. If you are a contractor that is active in Southern Oregon and would like to know more about becoming an Energy Trust trade ally, click here.

We serve Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista customers in Southern Oregon. Our volunteer board of directors includes members from the area:

  • Ken Canon, board vice president, Myrtle Creek
  • Melissa Cribbins, Coos Bay
  • Anne Haworth Root, Medford

Energy Trust Investments Deliver for Southern Oregon

County-Wide

Locations ServedParticipating ContractorsAnnual Customer Bill Savings
88,000260$33 million

Residential

Solar ParticipantsHomes More EfficientIncentives Received
1,00083,000$25 million

Business

Renewable Energy SystemsBusinesses More EfficientIncentives Received
2404,000$64 million

Data from 1/1/2002-12/1/2016 for Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties.

 

Behind the numbers

We’ve helped Southern Oregon communities, families and businesses like

See more success stories >

We have resources and tools to help communities advance their clean energy objectives, save energy and tap renewable energy resources.

  • View available residential, commercial and industrial and agricultural services and incentives
  • Find a local contractor who is an Energy Trust trade ally—and knowledgeable about Energy Trust offers and incentives
  • Sign up for our blog to receive up-to-date news and information about Energy Trust
  • View our Events calendar for upcoming events, meetings, conferences, workshops and more that Energy Trust is hosting or participating in
  • Download our latest success stories handout from this region
  • Share these no-cost and low-cost tips for making small, affordable changes to help increase home comfort and lower energy costs
  • Energy tips newsletter—Send your friends and colleagues The Buzz, a newsletter we’ve created with information on ways to save
  • For Douglas County residents, learn about energy-related activities, incentives and neighbors who are finding energy opportunities for Douglas County >
  • Also for Douglas County residents, read community-related energy news written monthly for the News Review >
  • Learn more about what the City of Talent has been working on to advance community sustainability options >

More resources >

We’re here to help. Call or email us if you’re looking for information on our programs, whether we can sponsor, table or speak at your event, and how we might work with you to advance your community’s clean energy or sustainability goals.

 

Karen Chase is our Southern Oregon Outreach Manager.

Email info@energytrust.org to get in touch with Karen.

She can help answer your questions, provide information and connect you with Energy Trust experts in energy-efficiency and renewable energy.

 

Our program and outreach representatives are ready to answer your questions.

Call our toll-free number: 1.866.368.7878

Or send us an email: info@energytrust.org

English- and Spanish-speaking representatives are available.

The Willamette Valley is a large and fertile valley between the Coast Range to the west, the Cascades to the east, the Portland Metro area to the north, and the hills and valleys of Douglas County to the south. The Willamette River drains the valley, and it and its many coast and Cascade Mountain tributaries feed the majority of Oregon’s plant-based agricultural operations.  It is also a collective powerhouse of agricultural, industrial and wood products-based commerce, connecting towns and cities by both road and rail to distribution and transportation centers.

The region is economically diverse, and houses individuals, neighborhoods and communities at both ends of the income spectrum. Renewable energy options and utilization are ample and diverse in the Willamette Valley from solar, wind, small hydropower, biomass and biogas resources.

Some communities in the Willamette Valley have moved forward with sustainable practices, including energy. The City of Corvallis has had a long-standing sustainability effort that has effectively engaged with citizens throughout the city. Corvallis’ successes are known across the country.

If you live in Corvallis and want to get involved check out http://sustainablecorvallis.org/about/.

The Corvallis Environmental Center has been working on sustainable energy initiatives for a long time, and enrolled Corvallis in the Georgetown University energy challenge, a nationwide competition with a $5 million prize. See information about “Energize Corvallis” and “Take Charge Corvallis” at www.corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org/energize/.

If you are looking for examples of community sustainability “Action Plans,” see the revised Sustainable Corvallis Action Plan.

We serve Portland General Electric, Pacific Power and NW Natural customers in the Willamette Valley. Our volunteer board of directors includes members from the area:

  • Alan Meyer, board secretary, Salem
  • Warren Cook, Oregon Department of Energy special board advisor, Salem
  • Roger Hamilton, Eugene
  • Mark Kendall, Salem
  • John Reynolds, Eugene

Energy Trust Investments Deliver for the Willamette Valley

County-Wide

Locations ServedParticipating ContractorsAnnual Customer Bill Savings
142,000375$157 million

Residential

Solar ParticipantsHomes More EfficientIncentives Received
1,600133,000$43 million

Business

Renewable Energy SystemsBusinesses More EfficientIncentives Received
2707,100$91 million

Data from 1/1/2002-12/1/2016 for Benton, Lane, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.

 

Behind the numbers

We’ve helped Willamette Valley communities, families and businesses like

See more success stories >

We have resources and tools to help communities advance their clean energy objectives, save energy and tap renewable energy resources.

  • View available residential, commercial and industrial and agricultural services and incentives
  • Find a local contractor who is an Energy Trust trade ally—and knowledgeable about Energy Trust offers and incentives
  • Sign up for our blog to receive up-to-date news and information about Energy Trust
  • View our Events calendar for upcoming events, meetings, conferences, workshops and more that Energy Trust is hosting or participating in
  • Download our latest success stories handout from this region
  • Share these no-cost and low-cost tips for making small, affordable changes to help increase home comfort and lower energy costs
  • Energy tips newsletter—Send your friends and colleagues The Buzz, a newsletter we’ve created with information on ways to save

More resources >

We’re here to help. Call or email us if you’re looking for information on our programs, whether we can sponsor, table or speak at your event, and how we might work with you to advance your community’s clean energy or sustainability goals.

Karen Chase is our Southern Oregon Outreach Manager and serves the Willamette Valley, too.

Email info@energytrust.org to get in touch with Karen.

She can help answer your questions, provide information and connect you with Energy Trust experts in energy-efficiency and renewable energy.

 

Our program and outreach representatives are ready to answer your questions.

Call our toll-free number: 1.866.368.7878

Or send us an email: info@energytrust.org

English- and Spanish-speaking representatives are available.

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