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 nine years ago at the request of our customers to help offset carbon emissions from their energy use. In 2016, the program grew to nearly 35,000 customers participating and total emission reductions funded passed the 500,000 ton mark.

2016 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 ten projects in the Pacific Northwest and northern California.  In Tillamook six family farms are piping manure to two digesters.  A map of projects and details about each 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 Smart Energy program is totally consistent with our values. By mitigating our carbon footprint, we can be part of the solution and not part of the problem.” (Read More)
"...Doing right by the customer means doing what you can for the environment and the community."  (Read More)

...Ritual Arts became the first tattoo parlor to receive green certification from the national Green Business Bureau.  (Read More)