Energy Trust works closely with Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas as they develop their Integrated Resource Plans for meeting increased energy demand in the next 20 years and beyond. Through ratepayer-funded Energy Trust programs, the utilities are investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy to help supply reliable, low-cost power. Energy Trust’s energy-saving goals are aligned with the utility plans to help meet future demand statewide.
PGE updated its resource plan in 2010. “PGE projects more than a 45 percent increase in demand during the next 20 years, compared to 30 percent nationally. With the help of Energy Trust and by working with our customers to make their homes and businesses more efficient, PGE’s IRP expects to meet nearly half our load growth from now through 2020 with energy efficiency identified as achievable by Energy Trust,” said Jim Lobdell, vice president of power operations and resource strategy, PGE.