PGE World Trade Center Earth Day Event

[ April 18, 2017; 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. ] Tuesday April 18th from 11-1
The fifth annual event, in the covered outdoor 2WTC Plaza, will feature almost 50 vendors, and opportunities to recycle your personal paperwork, batteries and electronic gadgets.

The event is free and open to everyone, so invite your friends and family members to join you in celebrating Earth Day.

The 2017 lineup includes … Read More.

3 HVAC Considerations for an Eco-Friendly Home

A sustainable home is one that will not only contribute to a cleaner environment but also enable homeowners to enjoy significant savings on their utility bills every year. Naturally, there are many factors involved in constructing such a home, including home size and design, materials used, and window placement. Selecting an efficient heating, ventilation, and … Read More.

Top Five Energy-Efficient Home Appliances

The importance of sustainable living is picking up momentum. From buying locally grown produce to conserving water, there are endless ways to help make your mark on our planet in a positive way right in your own home.
For those interested in making their home even more eco-friendly — to help save the planet and to … Read More.

5 Unconventional Ways to Cut Home Utility Costs

Guest post by Melissa Lynne, freelance writer for Systrum Energy, a third party energy supplier serving New Jersey.
For the average American household, monthly utility bills represent a significant chunk of the family budget, usually 5 – 10 percent of monthly expenses.  Since utilities are such a big chunk of your expenses, there are probably a … Read More.

Clean Energy Victory Bonds

Green America has, for several years, been promoting the idea of Clean Energy Victory Bonds which would make it possible for Americans to invest in clean energy . The problem has been that it takes an act of Congress before  the U.S . Treasury can issue these bonds.
According to the Green America blog, such a … Read More.

We’re Growing in 2012

We are excited about 2012.
And yes, we know that there are still too many political and social problems. What with high unemployment, home foreclosures, rising fuel prices, and a volatile stock market casting a pall of pessimism over us all.
Still, we feel there is good reason for optimism.
In our own small world we are growing … Read More.

Behavior and the Human Dimensions of Energy Use

courtesy of Flickr user lindseyta
This is a growing area of research and activity for customer energy efficiency programs. Behavior is clearly a cornerstone of energy efficiency: it affects the purchases we make, the buildings and systems we design, and how we use energy-consuming equipment.
To leverage technology and practices for greater savings, energy professionals can use … Read More.

Portland’s Coal Problem

According to Mayor Sam Adams,Portland receives 68 percent of its power from non-renewable fossil fuels and over 44 percent is produced by coal. A great deal of that coal-fired power generation originates in the Rocky Mountains.

Oregon’s only coal-fired electric power plants is located in Boardman, Oregon. It is the state’s largest stationary source of carbon … Read More.

Making Way for Oregon’s Solar Highway Along I-205

 
Oregon Department of Transportation, (ODOT) is moving ahead with a proposed public-private partnership on a $20 million solar panel project along I-205. The partnership would allow tax credits to be used to improve the region’s electrical grid and meet ODOT’s energy needs without passing the cost to taxpayers.
The use of technology, raw materials, and labor … Read More.