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Corvallis, OR Community
Annual Green Power Usage (kWh) 55,625,011
Percentage Green Power 10.2%
Participation Rate* 17%
Provider(s) Pacific Power, On-site Generation, Consumers Power, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Green Power Community Since October 2005
Latest Annual Report Received On 4/7/2015
Community Green Power Web Page exit EPA
Community Profile
The City of Corvallis, Oregon, boasts a population of approximately 55,000 residents. In 2005, Corvallis became the first city on the West Coast to become a Green Power Community, purchasing a little over 17 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power. Today, Corvallis’ green power use has reached more than 100 million kWh annually and makes up approximately 15 percent of the community’s total electricity consumption. Such extraordinary community-wide support for green power has placed Corvallis near the top of EPA’s Green Power Communities list.

Corvallis’ community-wide participation is the result of strong collaborative efforts between the city government, residents, businesses, and educational institutions. In 2005, by way of a City Council Resolution, the Corvallis local government chose to lead by example by purchasing seven percent green power for all city-owned facilities and urged its residents and businesses to do the same. Oregon State University is the largest single purchaser of green power in Corvallis and this is in part due to the “green energy” fee that students approved in 2007. The University purchases more than 10 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, accounting for a significant portion of its overall electricity use.

*Reflects the percentage of residents and businesses in the community choosing to use green power for a portion of their electricity use.

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