By Albany Tribune -- (December 4, 2012)
You have the glowing snowflakes in Grants Pass, the shimmering ice skating rink in downtown Redmond and the bustle of nighttime shopping on Broadway in Seaside. These and 11 other festive community holiday lighting displays celebrate the season while illuminating the importance of renewable energy.
Communities greening their holiday lighting displays this year include Albany, Bend, Corvallis, Grants Pass, Hood River, Jacksonville, Lebanon, Lincoln City, Madras, Medford, Philomath, Prineville, Redmond and Seaside.
Throughout Oregon, Pacific Power communities are getting the power for their local lighting celebrations offset by emission-free renewable energy. Taken together, these holiday lighting displays are being greened with nearly a quarter million kilowatt hours of Blue Sky renewable energy.
The renewable energy supported on behalf of these holiday lighting displays will avoid approximately 270,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, which is the environmental equivalent of not driving more than 278,000 miles, or 671 roundtrips from Prineville (illuminated cowboy hats) to Lincoln City (tree in front of cultural center).
“These community lights go right to the roots of our communities,” said Pat Reiten, president and CEO of Pacific Power. “Bringing light to the holidays is part of Pacific Power’s commitment to its customers today, and for more than a century. With renewable energy becoming part of the fabric of the state, we’re proud to have our Blue Sky participants ‘green’ these traditional festivals, lighting the season.”
Pacific Power customers can also celebrate the season by greening their own homes and businesses. Buying just one, 100-kilowatt hour block of Blue Sky power costs only $1.95 per month. Customers can buy as many blocks as they wish or even match all of their usage with renewable energy through the Blue Sky Usage or Habitat options.