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Our History

A History of Efficiency and Savings

In 1999, Oregon lawmakers, citizens, utilities, businesses, industry groups and community service organizations envisioned a future with Oregon homes and businesses powered by clean, affordable energy. They established stable, consistent funding to help Oregonians invest in energy efficiency and renewable resources. A new nonprofit organization—Energy Trust—was created to lead the way.

Energy Trust began operation in March 2002, charged by the Oregon Public Utility Commission with investing in cost-effective energy efficiency, helping to pay the above-market costs of renewable energy resources, delivering services with low administrative and program support costs and maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction.

Customers of five utilities— Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista—in Oregon and Southwest Washington now fund and directly benefit from Energy Trust programs.