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 seven years ago at the request of our customers to help offset carbon emissions from their energy use. In 2014, the program grew to over 24,000 customers participating and total emission reductions funded passed the 300,000 ton mark.

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.  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.


Ninkasi: Brewing Oregon values
Smart Energy Circle member Ninkasi Brewing seems to be the company other Oregon companies hope to become.  First: It's successful. Its products are popular with beer lovers and acclaimed by the critics.  Second: It's a leader in sustainability.  Third: It's of, by and for the community...(Read More)
Oregon Convention Center: It's the building – and a lot more
Let's start with the big one: LEED Platinum Certification in 2014. Only one other convention center in the nation holds this, the highest rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is a particularly notable accomplishment, because the center was built well before LEED existed, and because LEED certification is rare in such a large facility...(Read More)


Green Drop Garage: Serving you, your car, and the planet
On his route from pre-med to dental school, Farhad Ghafazade took a sharp turn. Instead of a dentist's office, he finds himself in an auto repair shop in Southeast Portland. He leads a staff of mechanics dedicated to reducing the impact of vehicles on the environment... (Read More)

Perks From Partners

Our commercial partners would like to thank you for supporting Smart Energy with them by providing participating customers special offers.