Thank you for participating in Green Future Solar. After many years of creating a meaningful local impact, the Green Future Solar program came 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 were automatically switched to Green Future Block starting on January 1, 2023.
For every block of Green Future Solar you supported, you are now supporting two blocks of Green Future Block. Though we were sad to say goodbye to the solar option, we’re excited to welcome you to the Green Future Block community.
Why did Green Future Solar end?
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 came to an end, so did the program.
What happened when Green Future Solar ended?
Although Green Future Solar is over, your positive impact isn't. Your participation automatically switched to our Green Future Block program on January 1, 2023. For every block of Green Future Solar you supported, you now support two blocks of Green Future Block. One block of Green Future Solar was $5 per month and supported 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 are supporting 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 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 is a mix of resources from Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and the broader Western U.S., part of your participation still goes 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 do I support with Green Future Block?
You 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 supported in 2022. You’ll support a similar renewable energy mix in 2023 and we’ll send you the updated mix information by April 1.
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 supported was $5 per month. You're now supporting two blocks of Green Future Block, which costs 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 was already enrolled in Green Future Block or Green Future Choice?
If you were already enrolled in Green Future Block, an additional two blocks were added to your current participation level as of January 1, 2023 for every block of Green Future Solar that you supported. This transition does 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?
Great! You can sign up for our Green Future Choice program to cover 100% of your electricity usage with renewable energy.
I don’t want to participate in Green Future Block. How do I unenroll?
No problem. Participation in any Green Future program is completely optional. If you do not want to participate in Green Future Block, please contact Customer Service at 503-228-6322 and our advisors would be happy to assist you.
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 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.