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Buy Green Power

Naturally replenishing power produced by the environment.

Green Power, or non-hydro renewable energy, is produced by resources that are replenished naturally and minimize harm to the environment.

Where does this power come from?

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative (OTEC) has an opportunity to purchase a type of Green Power called Environmentally Preferred Power (EPP) from Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). EPP is generated from sources that have a low impact on fish and wildlife and does not pollute.

All EPP has been endorsed by three leading Northwest environmental groups (the Natural Resources Defense Council, Renewable Northwest Project, and the Northwest Energy Coalition).

How will I know I am receiving Green Power?

We cannot guarantee that “green” electrons will reach your home or business, but we can guarantee that the amount you purchase will be delivered to the Northwest power grid.

Why should I choose Green Power?

Choosing Green Power reduces the impact we have on our water sources, the air we breathe, wildlife, and helps sustain the earth for our children. We have the option to choose power that makes a difference not just today, but for generations to come.

How will this affect my electric bill?

Green Power is more expensive. How much extra you pay depends on the quantity of Green Power you purchase. The cost is in addition to your regular electric charges. You can choose the monthly quantity in 200 kWh blocks with a minimum purchase requirement of one block of Green Power (200 kWh represents 20 percent of the average monthly residential usage). The additional cost for 200 kWh of Green Power is $3.

Does this project make a difference?

Yes. By supporting Green Power, you are helping the planet by offsetting the need to generate more non-renewable electricity.

If you are interested in signing up for green power, please contact your local OTEC district office.