Cow Pies Rule


Digest This!

You may not see it in the air, but it's clear that your participation in the NW Natural Smart Energy program is helping reduce carbon emissions in our region.

NW Natural launched Smart Energy eight years ago at the request of our customers to help offset carbon emissions from their energy use. In 2015, the program grew to over 29,000 customers participating and total emission reductions funded passed the 400,000 ton mark.

2015 statistics

Bringing Biogas to the Region

Smart Energy focuses on funding the development of anaerobic digesters on dairy farms. Instead of putting cow manure in lagoons that emit methane (a particularly potent greenhouse gas), the waste is collected in the digesters where the captured methane, biogas, is used as an on-demand renewable energy source.
Thanks to you and a herd of others, we’re making Smart Energy work.  The program has verified and retired high quality carbon offsets from nine projects in the Pacific Northwest.  In Tillamook seven family farms are piping manure to two digesters.  A map of projects can be viewed here.  Details about each project is available on the NW Natural Website.


Meet Our Customers

Read about our Smart Energy Circle partners, who truly embody all the reasons why the Pacific Northwest is a great place to live, work and play.

The modern history of paint has been one of seeking ways to make products safer -- for painters, for those occupying painted rooms, and for the environment. (Read More)
..."We all have a fierce commitment to supporting wise growth and sustainable development at the mouth of the Columbia."  (Read More)

...Cape Foulweather Coffee Co., a one-woman operation that delivers high-quality coffee to coastal and mid-Willamette Valley communities.  (Read More)