Smart Energy Progress Report

2022 Program Status

More than 1.9-Million Tons of Emissions Mitigated

NW Natural launched Smart Energy in 2007 to give our customers a way to mitigate the carbon emissions from their natural gas use. Your participation in the Smart Energy program helps make positive change.


business and residential customers participate in Smart Energy.[1]As of December 31, 2022
metric tons of emission reductions Smart Energy customers have funded over the life of the program.[2]As of December 31, 2022
equivalent reduction in number of cars removed from the road for one year.[3]


Reducing environmental impact with carbon mitigation

Smart Energy purchases carbon offsets from projects that reduce, or prevent the release of, greenhouse gases. Many of these projects are biodigesters on family-owned dairy farms. These dairy projects keep methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from entering the atmosphere by harnessing it as a renewable energy source. Thanks to you and over 84,000 others, we’re making Smart Energy work. The program has verified and retired carbon offsets from 19 projects in the Pacific Northwest, California, Utah, Alaska and British Columbia.

In 2022, we added renewable natural gas to the Smart Energy program for our Washington customers. Renewable natural gas is derived from biogas, which is produced from decomposing organic waste from landfills, agricultural waste and wastewater from treatment facilities, that has been captured and cleaned for the pipeline.[4]EPA, “An Overview of Renewable Natural Gas from Biogas,” 2021

Click here for a full list of Smart Energy projects.


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We designed Smart Energy to be:

Affordable. Residential customers choose either the Average Home option[5]Oregon $5.50/month; Washington $8.00/month or the Climate Neutral option[6]Oregon 10.5 cents more per therm used each month; Washington 15 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.

Installation-free. Whether you are a renter, homeowner or business, there is no need to install any equipment.

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