How Smart Energy Works

A typical cow produces 120 pounds of waste each day. Not very pleasant to smell, but even worse for the environment.

Manure produces methane, which is a powerful greenhouse gas. The good news is that gases emitted from cow waste can be captured and used as a renewable energy source. That’s where Smart Energy comes in.

The good news

Smart Energy focuses on the development of biogas in our region. And with 14 million pounds of cow waste generated in Oregon each day, there's a lot of potential energy just waiting to be utilized. We'll invest your Smart Energy dollars in projects that prevent the release of greenhouse gases.

Smart Energy focus

In exchange for your contribution, Smart Energy participants will have "Carbon Offsets" retired on their behalf. By helping a project become financially viable, you'll get credit for greenhouse gases removed or kept out of the atmosphere - equal to the amount of carbon dioxide created by your own natural gas use.

While many types of projects can provide positive environmental benefits, NW Natural will focus on biogas, which has the greatest potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

While natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, NW Natural believes we all must participate in finding ways to tackle the climate change challenge. Along with using energy as efficiently as possible, we think participating in Smart Energy is a step in the right direction. We invite you to join us.

Smart Energy Process