NW Natural Releases 2015 Smart Energy Progress Report

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April 12, 2016

 

NW Natural Releases 2015 Smart Energy Progress Report

PORTLAND, Ore.— NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) reports record participation of nearly 30,000 Oregon and Southwest Washington homeowners and businesses in its Smart Energy program in 2015.

Smart Energy offsets the emissions from natural gas use by capturing methane from cow manure or organic waste. The captured methane, known as biogas, is a renewable energy source that can replace other fuels with higher emissions.

Since Smart Energy began eight years ago, NW Natural participating customers have offset emissions by more than 421,000 total tons--equaling nearly 80,500 cars not driving for a year.

"We want to thank all NW Natural customers who make a difference every day by participating in Smart Energy," said Brian Harney, Smart Energy program manager. "An average home enrollment will prevent more than 20 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere each day."

Environmental stewardship is one of NW Natural's core values. The company was the first local gas distribution company in the nation to launch a carbon offset program.

Through Smart Energy, customers can choose to offset greenhouse gas emissions from their natural gas use while supporting biogas projects at farms in the Pacific Northwest. NW Natural has partnered with The Climate Trust to ensure that only verified high-quality offsets are purchased and retired for the Smart Energy program.

To read the full Smart Energy progress report, meet featured partners, view a map of current projects or enroll in the Smart Energy program, visit nwnatural.com/Smart or call 800-422-4012.

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 718,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.

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