Thank you for participating in Green Future Solar. After many years of creating a meaningful local impact, the Green Future Solar program will come to a close on December 31, 2022.
To make it easy to continue your support for renewable energy at a lower fixed monthly cost, Green Future Solar participants will be automatically switched to a comparable Green Future option starting on January 1, 2023.
For every block of Green Future Solar you support now, you will begin supporting two blocks of Green Future Block. Though we are sad to say goodbye to the solar option, we’re excited to welcome you to the Green Future Block community.
Why is Green Future Solar ending and when is it over?
Green Future Solar launched in 2016 when PGE secured the exclusive rights to the renewable energy certificates from the Steel Bridge solar project in Willamina, Oregon through December 31, 2022. As that agreement comes to an end, so does the program.
What happens when Green Future Solar ends?
Although Green Future Solar is ending, your positive impact doesn’t have to. Your participation will automatically switch to our Green Future Block program beginning on January 1, 2023. For every block of Green Future Solar you support now, you will begin supporting two blocks of Green Future Block. One block of Green Future Solar costs $5 per month and supports about 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy, while two blocks of Green Future Block costs $3.76 per month and supports 400 kWh.
What is Green Future Block? How does it compare to Green Future Solar?
Similar to Green Future Solar, you will support renewable energy for a fixed monthly cost through Green Future Block.
With Green Future Solar, you were purchasing the generation from a single kilowatt of a specific solar installation in Oregon. It is estimated that each block would ultimately generate ~1,200 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy each year. For context, the average customer uses a little less than 800 kWh of electricity each month.
With Green Future Block, you will purchase a specific amount of kilowatt-hours of a mix of renewable resources from across the Western U.S. that can include wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and low impact hydro. At two blocks (400 kWh) per month, you will ultimately support four times the amount of renewable energy through Green Future Block for almost $15 less over the course of a year.
While the renewable energy that you support will now be a mix of resources from Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and the broader Western U.S., part of your participation will still go toward impactful local renewable energy projects through the Renewable Development Fund (RDF). The RDF awards grants for clean energy projects to organizations like schools and nonprofits in communities served by PGE.
What renewable resources will I support with Green Future Block?
You’ll support a mix of wind, solar, biomass and low impact hydro power from Oregon and the Western U.S. See below for the mix that Green Future Block participants are supporting this year. You’ll support a similar renewable energy mix in 2023 and we’ll send you the updated mix information by April 1 next year.
Wind: AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA or WY
Solar: AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA or WY
Biomass: OR, WA or ID
Low impact hydro: OR, WA or ID
New renewables come from generation facilities that first began commercial operation within the past 15 years.
The Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility, owned in part by PGE, is supplying a portion of the wind and solar RECs projected above. See portlandgeneral.com/wheatridge for info about this facility.
Eligible hydroelectric facilities are defined in the Green-e® Energy National Standard and include facilities certified by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) or EcoLogo as facilities comprised of a turbine in a pipeline or a turbine in an irrigation canal.
What is the cost difference between Green Future Block and Green Future Solar?
Each block of Green Future Solar you currently support costs $5 per month. In January, you’ll automatically start supporting two blocks of Green Future Block, which will cost a total of $3.76 per month ($1.88 per block). Over the course of a year, you will ultimately support four times the amount of renewable energy for almost $15 less.
Where does my money go with Green Future Block?
Your Green Future Block participation supports:
Renewable energy: PGE purchases Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) on your behalf from facilities in Oregon and other Western states. The amount of RECs that PGE purchases depends on your participation level.
Community grants: Green Future participants support the Renewable Development Fund, which provides grants to local organizations to build renewable energy projects.
Outreach, education, and administration: Your participation enables us to keep offering this option to Oregonians throughout the state.
PGE does not make a profit from the Green Future program.
What if I’m already enrolled in Green Future Block or Green Future Choice?
If you’re already enrolled in Green Future Block, an additional two blocks will be added to your current participation level starting January 1, 2023 for every block of Green Future Solar that you support now. This transition will not impact your participation in Green Future Choice. You can always change or adjust your participation at any time.
What if I want to go 100% renewable?
I don’t want to participate in Green Future Block. How do I avoid the transition?
No problem. Participation in any Green Future program is completely optional. If you’d like to continue your participation in Green Future Solar right until it ends but not automatically transition to Green Future Block, you can opt out through this form.
Can I cancel later if I change my mind?
Of course! As with all of our programs, your agreement is on a month-to-month basis and you can cancel at any time with no penalty or fee.
When will I see the new program on my bill?
You will begin to see the line item for Green Future Block on your first full PGE electric bill of 2023.
I’d like to see Green Future Block’s Price, Terms and Conditions.
What is my contract length?
Your Green Future Block contract is month-to-month.
How will I be billed?
Your Green Future Block charge will be listed as a separate line item on your monthly PGE bill. This charge is in addition to your regular electricity bill.
How much will Green Future Block cost?
$1.88 per 200 kWh block of Green Future Block. You can purchase as many “blocks” as you’d like, with a minimum purchase of one block.
Will my rates change over time?
Green Future Block prices are based on current Oregon Public Utility Commission approved tariffs. Pricing is subject to change. All price changes require approval from the OPUC. You will be notified of any price change in advance
What other fees might I be charged?
You must also pay all applicable federal, state or local taxes.
Can I cancel my participation?
You can cancel at any time with no fee. There is no minimum contract length.