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PGE grant will allow the city to reduce energy consumption by up to 16 percent at its wastewater treatment plant

Sixteen percent of the city of Newberg wastewater treatment plant's future energy consumption will be offset by the sun thanks to a grant the city received from PGE last week.

The 398 kilowatts of solar capacity will be added via a renewable development fund grant from the Portland-based electrical giant. The nearly $1 million in grants were awarded to nine local nonprofits and government organizations to create clean energy projects that will generate a collective 1.4 megawatts of clean power for the region, a release from PGE said. The grants are part of the company's Green FutureSM renewable energy program, designed to add clean, local, renewable energy to the region's power grid.

"On behalf of PGE's Green Future customers, we're pleased to award these grants to these outstanding organizations and recognize their leadership in advancing clean energy," Maria Pope, president and CEO of PGE said. "Through our shared commitment and ongoing collaboration, innovative programs like these deliver a clean energy future for all Oregonians."

The reduction in the amount the city pays in electrical costs will benefit customers by reducing the city's operational costs, the release said.

The wastewater plant already participates in the PGE Energy Partner demand response program, which pays participants for shifting their energy use when demand is high, further offsetting operational costs.

First created in 1999, the PGE fund has contributed more than $14 million in grants to help nearly five dozen community organizations develop clean energy projects.

"Another three megawatts from previously approved projects are in development," the release said. "When those projects and the nine new projects are completed in 2020, the program will have created more than 18 megawatts of clean power capacity, enough to power more than 15,000 homes.

PGE services nearly 892,000 customers in 51 cities, has 16 generation plants in five counties and boasts the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the United States, the release said.


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