Community organizations in Emerald People’s Utility District service area have an opportunity to reduce their electric bills and support renewable energy through a $40,000 GREEN grant.

“This is a big deal,” said Susan Blachnik of Creswell Food Bank. “People in the nonprofit world know the most difficult fundraising is for operating expenses, and electricity is one of those fixed costs. You do the GREEN grant application once and then you reap the benefits for 20 years or more.”

“We know every dollar counts for our local nonprofits and schools,” said Patty Jo Angelini, public relations coordinator. “This project will help a community group save money on electricity costs, which in turn, frees up funds that could be used to provide additional community services. It is important to note that an organization can rent its office space and receive this grant.”

Grant funding comes directly from customers enrolled in Emerald PUD’s GREEN program. “We appreciate our customers’ voluntarily choosing to pay an additional amount on the kWhs used each month,” Angelini said. “On average, customers dedicate $5 to $10 per month to help the environment and support renewable community projects.”

Another benefit of being a GREEN program supporter is that every year, the average residential participant avoids releasing more than 708 pounds of greenhouse gas (CO2-e) into the air and pollution from driving the average car more than 787 miles.

Interested organizations can apply for the GREEN grant online or submit a paper application. The deadline to submit completed applications is 6 pm Tuesday, April 3, 2018. GREEN participants will vote on which project to fund.

To be eligible for this grant, an organization must be an Emerald PUD customer-owner and a non-profit organization, academic institution or a public institution. Previous winners include Mid Lane Cares in Veneta, Creswell Food Bank, Pleasant Hill School District and Lost Valley Education and Event Center in Dexter.

The GREEN grant is part of Emerald PUD’s long-standing commitment to our communities and to renewable energy. Examples include solar electric installations on Emerald PUD’s building and in several high schools the utility serves. EPUD also has supported wind power and biomethane energy production with the Short Mountain Methane Power Plant.

GREEN stands for Giving Renewable Energy to Emerald Neighborhoods.

For more information, contact Rob Currier at 541-744-7402 or