CWLP customers who want to neutralize the environmental impact of their monthly energy usage can do so by purchasing renewable energy credits
(RECs). RECs are certificates provided by "green"-energy producers that guarantee they are generating electricity using only eligible renewable
energy sources (such as solar, wind or biomass). One REC is equal to one megawatt-hour (MWH) of "green" electricity. A MWH is 1000 kilowatt-hours (kWh).
CWLP's Renewable Choice Program was designed primarily for residential and small commercial customers. However, larger commercial customers can also participate.
Mid- to large-size commercial customers that would like to be part of CWLP's "green" revolution, should contact 3Degrees, the company that provides the RECs for Renewable Choice.
They'll be happy to provide you with information about large-scale specialty pricing. The phone number for 3Degrees is (503) 295-7781. Their website can be found below.
Under CWLP's Renewable Choice Program, customers can purchase RECs in 200-kWh blocks for 40¢ per block. Each 200-kWh block equals one-fifth of a REC and
approximately 20% to 25% of the average CWLP residential customer's monthly energy consumption. There is no limit to the number of blocks a customer can purchase.
CWLP's overall energy portfolio is already over, 20% green, thanks to its 120-MW wind power contracts with NextEra Energy Resources LLC. So
customers who wish to qualify as being totally "green" electricity consumers would need to purchase a sufficient number of RECs to cover
approximately 80% of their average monthly electricity use. The average residential customer will be able to achieve
the equivalent of a 100% "green" electric bill for less than an extra $2 per month.
Customers can purchase RECs through the Renewable Choice Program either as an on-going monthly commitment or on a one-time basis.
Customers who make a monthly commitment will have an additional 40¢ added to their monthly CWLP electric bill for each 200-kWh block they commit to purchase.
Their green energy charge will be itemized on their bills starting in the month following their enrollment into the program and continuing until a new transaction request is made to increase, decrease or cancel the monthly order.
As a monthly participant in the Renewable Choice Program, you will receive a decal to display in the front window of your home or business.
Monthly Committment Form
If you want to make a one-time purchase of one or more 200-kWh blocks for yourself or someone else, you can do so at the CWLP cashiers'
window in the lobby of Municipal Center West, 300 S. 7th Street (corner of 7th and Monroe). Payment will need to be made by cash or check.
If you are purchasing the RECs for someone else, you'll need to provide us with the customer's name (as it
appears on the account) and the service address to which the "green" energy purchase is to be applied.
One Time Form
3Degrees, CWLP's RECs vendor, originates and provides Green-e Energy Certified Renewable Energy Certificates from around the world. The money generated by
the sale of these RECs is used to help finance new renewable energy generation projects. More information about RECs can be found on the 3Degrees website above or at the following site.
Additional REC Information