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According to officials at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Portland, Ore.-based Portland General Electric's (PGE) residential green power customers are leaders in the U.S. for the amount of renewable energy consumed. This marks the second year in a row PGE received this recognition, the utility says.

Residential customers purchased over 340 million kWh of renewable energy in 2006 - representing 23% more than in 2005, the company says. In addition, the number of PGE renewable power customers cleared 50,000 for the first time in 2006.

"With the introduction of our new Renewable Future product in January, we expect our customers' green power use to continue its rapid climb this year," says Thor Hinckley, PGE's Renewable Power Program manager.

Renewable Future offers energy from the Klondike II wind farm in Sherman County, Ore., at a set rate guaranteed through Dec. 31, 2011. In addition, PGE offers the Green Source program, which allows residential and business customers to buy renewable power from wind, geothermal and biomass projects equal to 100% of their consumption. The utility's new Clean Wind program enables its customers to pay a set fee for a fixed amount of new wind power each month.

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