When it comes to purchasing energy, the Public Utility Commission of Oregon allows for commercial customers like HUB to buy electricity from a 3rd party provider like 3 Phases Renewables. Otherwise known as "Direct Access," business customers may opt out of purchasing electricity from their existing utility and instead, go with an independent third party. A huge benefit to companies choosing to go this route is there are no onsite project costs and electricity is delivered without interruption through existing power lines after the switch. It's a simple solution for companies who want to support renewable energy projects and make the switch seamlessly and quickly.
"HUB is able to purchase energy directly from local clean energy suppliers without having to interrupt or make changes to how the business is run," said Mike Mazur, president of 3 Phases Renewables. "We're thrilled to have helped HUB become a leader in clean energy consumption in the Portland area, and hope to see more businesses realize that making the switch to all or even partial clean energy is fast, very easy to do, and often times, a means to save money as well."
The annual window of opportunity for Portland businesses to adopt a new, one-year energy plan from 3 Phases Renewables through Direct Access began in September and continues until November 21, 2018 for Portland General Electric commercial customers; and until November 26, 2018 for Pacific Power commercial customers. Three and 5-year terms are also available. Businesses that utilize less than 1MW per month may opt in anytime.