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 six years ago at the request of our customers to help offset carbon emissions from their energy use. In 2013, the program reached 20,000 customers participating and continued growing; nearly reaching 21,000 by year end.
Bringing Biogas to the Region
Smart Energy focuses on funding 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 2013 we contracted another project in Tillamook, Oregon. Manure from five family-owned farms is piped to the central digester. Piping the manure made it possible for a farm with just 250 cows to divert their manure into a digester. (Read More)
Meet Our Customers
Learn about the great efforts in sustainability some of our newest Smart Energy customers are doing and how a sustainable business plan has led to success and expansion at one of our longtime partners.
“The reason we decided to enroll in Smart Energy is that minimizing the negative environmental consequences of our work is one of our company's core values,” said Keri Friedman, Marketing Manager. “The fact that NW Natural provides this option to its customers made the decision easy.” (Read More)