Portland Trail Blazers make a play for wind energy - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  May 9, 2018

Portland Trail Blazers make a play for wind energy

The Portland Trail Blazers agreed to a new partnership to power 100% of the Moda Center’s electrical usage through RECs purchased from Pacific Power for wind energy produced at BayWa r.e.’s Chopin Wind Project.

In a statement, Chris McGowan, president and CEO of the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter, said, "We will continue to lead by example with investments in clean energy that we hope Trail Blazers fans and other partners will emulate."

Under the new agreement, the Trail Blazers and its venue operating company Rip City Management become the first entities to purchase RECs through Pacific Power’s Blue Sky Select from a specific renewable project.  The Trail Blazers will be able to reduce its carbon footprint by 9,169,364 pounds of CO2 by supporting 10,144,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually. 

The Chopin Wind facility is located in Umatilla County, Oregon and features power generating capabilities of more than 31,000 megawatt-hours of energy per year. "As an international developer of renewable energy resources, BayWa r.e. is proud to contribute to this important local partnership with our new Chopin Wind Project," stated Florian Zerhusen, president & CEO of BayWa r.e. Wind, LLC.

Fan engagement and community outreach will be visible pillars in the new relationship, with Pacific Power as the presenting partner for the “Energy Game” during the 2018-19 season’s annual series of league-wide NBA Green Games.  

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