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Schools and industry offered green package in Oregon

PacifiCorp is providing a $0.002/kWh incentive payment to customers who choose green power during the company's pilot "open access" program in Oregon. The program is available to all industrial customers and schools plus customers in Klamath County. The credit applies to purchases of solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and landfill gas from any supplier, says Andrea Kelly, regulatory policy manager for PacifiCorp. At least 20% of a customer's purchase must include one or more of these products, and the credit applies only to the amount of renewable energy bought, she adds. The pilot program began in late March for industrial customers and in mid April for schools. It will be up and running for Klamath County residential and small commercial customers by July 1. "Open access" allows industrial customers and schools to buy power on the open market. Residential and commercial customers in Klamath County remain with PacifiCorp, but choose from a menu of options, including green pricing and market based power. PacifiCorp plans to offer its own "green" package to residential and commercial customers, says Kelly. Details of the offering will not be available until it is approved by the Public Utility Commission.

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