You may not see it in the air, but it's clear that your participation in the NW Natural Smart Energy program is helping reduce carbon emissions in our region.
NW Natural launched Smart Energy five years ago at the request of our customers to help offset carbon emissions from their energy use. In that time, Smart Energy has grown from a pilot project to a permanent program for our Oregon and Washington customers.
Bringing Biogas to the Region
Smart Energy funds support the regional development of biodigesters on dairy farms. Instead of putting cow manure in lagoons that emit methane (a particularly potent greenhouse gas), the waste is collected in an anaerobic digester that produces biogas. The biogas is used as an on-demand renewable energy source.
Thanks to you and a herd of others, we're making Smart Energy work. In 2012 we contracted two more projects; a family owned dairy in Tillamook, Oregon, and an organic waste digester at an ENERGY STAR-rated potato processing plant in Moses Lake, Washington. (Read More)