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City of Portland joins Portland General Electric to celebrate the first affordable housing row houses completed through City grant program



September 28, 2010

Contact: Ann Hill, Portland Water Bureau, 503.823.4807,

              Elaina Medina, PGE, 503.464.8790,

(Portland, OR) On Thursday, September 30, 2010 the City of Portland will join Portland General Electric (NYSE:POR) and the Homebuilders of Metropolitan Portland (HBAMP) at a breakfast open house to celebrate completion of the first energy-efficient electric row houses built through the City of Portland's Energy Efficiency Home Pilot (PEEHP).

The event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at a home completed through the PEEHP program, located at 5105 N. Fessenden Avenue in Portland. Two row houses have been built by Terrafirma Building Inc. for Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, a non-profit community development organization.

The affordable homes have been built to be 15 and 30 percent more efficient than the 2008 Oregon Energy Code. The PEEHP is a collaboration of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, Energy Trust of Oregon, the Homebuilders Association of Metropolitan Portland, the National Association of Homebuilders, Northwest Natural Gas, and the City of Portland.

"This grant funded project provides the affordable housing industry with efficiency strategies that are cost effective for both the builder and the homeowner", said Commissioner Randy Leonard. "Through their contributions, our private sector partners have taken a leadership role in bridging the gap between efficiency and affordability in residential construction."

"We are proud to partner with the City of Portland and Terrafirma to build affordable, energy-efficient homes that help customers save money and protect the environment," said Carol Dillin, PGE's vice president of customers and economic development. "By installing high-efficiency heat pumps in these homes we are able to add value for the builder and long-term energy cost savings for residents."

The home represents the third PEEHP grant award. Previous awards have funded natural gas-powered energy efficiency measures in a two-unit row house, and all-electric measures in detached single family homes. This award is funding innovative electric energy-efficient products in two, duplex row houses. Features include ducted high efficiency heat pumps, fresh air ventilation and heat recovery, and high efficiency Marathon lifetime water heaters.

The PEEHP will produce resources to help inform future residential construction projects, including the recording of costs associated with constructing energy efficient homes and case studies reflecting those instances of added complexity related to new energy efficiency measures.

Information about the PEEHP grant program can be found at:

Information about Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives can be found at:



Portland Energy Efficient Home Pilot Partners

The City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services (BDS) promotes safety, livability and economic vitality through the efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes. In 2008, BDS staff issued 10,000 development permits, performed 193,000 permit inspections and processed 977 land use reviews for residential and commercial properties. For more information, visit our website at


City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) was created in 2009 when Portland City Council merged the Bureau of Planning with the Office of Sustainable Development. This new bureau will ensure that sustainability principles are thoroughly integrated into the core of Portland's planning, urban design and government operations, strengthening Portland's position as the global epicenter of sustainable practices and commerce. For more information, please visit

About Portland General Electric Company

Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a fully integrated electric utility that serves approximately 822,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. Visit our website at for more information.

Energy Trust of Oregon

Energy Trust of Oregon's New Homes Program is offering its technical assistance to help builders determine what actions must be taken to meet the efficiency goals of the PEEHP. The Energy Trust of Oregon will provide support during the design phase to help builders meet the energy efficiency requirements and will provide consultation during construction to verify the performance of each home. Energy Trust of Oregon is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing how Oregonians use energy by promoting energy efficiency and clean renewable energy. For more information, visit the Energy Trust website at or call 1-866-368-7878.

Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland

The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland (HBA) is the leading voice for the residential building industry, representing nearly 1,200 builders, remodelers and industry professionals. Since 1942, HBA has worked on behalf of the industry to promote diverse, affordable housing options to area residents. For more information, visit the HBA website at

National Association of Home Builders

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a Washington, DC-based trade association representing more than 200,000 members. Known as "the voice of the housing industry," NAHB is affiliated with more than 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. For more information about NAHB, please visit

NW Natural Gas

NW Natural is headquartered in Portland, and serves about 657,000 residential and business customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest and is one of the fastest-growing local distribution companies in the nation. For more information about NW Natural, please visit

Pacific Power

In 2010, Pacific Power celebrates 100 years serving customers and communities. From our beginnings -- serving 7,000 customers in four Northwest communities -- Pacific Power now provides electric service to almost 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity, for another 100 years. �@Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, headquartered in Portland and one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.7 million customers in six western states. For more information, please visit



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