The environmentally friendly source of Energy, Green Power, is available at West Oregon Electric.  Green Power is energy generated by renewable resources like water, wind, sun, and even garbage.  Unlike fossil fuels, it is renewable by the effects of the sun, solar power, so it’s considered by many to be the most environmentally friendly.

WOEC is part owner of a clean, non-polluting electricity-generating plant in the Willamette Valley that creates nearly 2.5 Megawatts of power by burning methane gas from a nearby landfill.  You may be wondering how this works.  Much of what is thrown away in a landfill (paper products, plant matter and foodstuff) is organic, and when these organic materials decay they release methane gas.  Methane, the main ingredient in natural gas, is then used to power generators that produce electricity.

The Coffin Butte Resource Project uses this system to produce enough electricity to power at least 2,000 Northwest homes, and is working on an expansion project so even more homes may benefit from this clean, eco-friendly electricity.

Now you, as a member of West Oregon Electric, in conjunction with Power Resources Cooperative can support the production of green power recovered from this unusual resource.  You can now help with the expansion project at Coffin Butte by buying the output through the West Oregon Electric Green Power program.  Currently, the electricity you and other Northwest customers use is generated by a variety of resources, mostly hydro power.  Now you have a choice to support Green Power from Coffin Butte.

Your support will also show that you want the continued development of renewable resources in the Northwest.  At your request, West Oregon Electric will add an additional $2.00 per 100 kWh of power to your bill.  You choose the number of 100 kWh blocks you want to purchase, and sign the contract for a year.  This is a separate charge on your bill, and is in addition to your regular monthly bill.

To get started fill out the application linked below, choose how many 100 kWh blocks you wish to purchase, sign the application, and then send it in to the WOEC Attn: Green Power,  PO BOX 69, Vernonia, OR 97064

If you have any questions or would like additional information or applications, please call Jay Barber at 503-429-3021 or 800-777-1276.