Reduce your environmental impact with Smart Energy.
Let's work together to fight climate change. When you enroll in the Smart Energy program, you join over 62,000 NW Natural customers who are offsetting the carbon emissions from their natural gas use through projects that reduce, or prevent the release of, greenhouse gases.
To date, Smart Energy has purchased offsets from 14 innovative projects across the Pacific Northwest, California and Utah. These include projects like biodigesters on family-owned dairy farms that capture methane from cow manure, keeping this potent greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere and harnessing it as a renewable energy source. Every day on dairy farms, a typical cow produces 120 pounds of manure—that’s a lot of potential energy!
We designed Smart Energy to be:
Affordable. Residential customers choose either the Average Home option for $5.50 a month or the Climate Neutral option for about 10.5 cents more per therm used each month. Business customer enrollment options start at $10.00 a month.
Simple. The Smart Energy option you choose is included on your monthly bill.
High quality. Verified carbon offsets that benefit the environment.
business and residential customers participate in Smart Energy.*
million lbs. of cow manure converted into renewable energy in 2019.
metric tons of emissions reductions funded over the life of the program.*
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* As of Dec. 31, 2020. ** Approximate figure based on the 2020 annual average residential emissions reductions funded and the number of enrolled residential customers per zip code, as of Dec. 31, 2020.
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Smart Energy-funded carbon offset projects
Making carbon offsets at a dairy farm
1. Manure from dairy cows can release methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than CO2, into the atmosphere.
2. The dairy farm diverts manure to an anaerobic digester, where methane is captured and prevented from entering the atmosphere.
3. Captured methane can be used as an on-demand renewable energy source to heat and operate homes and businesses.
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