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Helping Heat Homes: NW Natural's Gas Assistance Program Gives $150,000 - 11/13/18

Join us and act now to turn on the heat for others

PORTLAND, Ore. — This year, NW Natural customers and shareholders gave more than $150,000 to help pay for the heating bills of low-income families. For the past three decades, NW Natural customers and shareholders have recognized this community need by raising funds for the company’s Gas Assistance Program (GAP).

“GAP was started as a way for neighbors to help neighbors,” said Von Summers, NW Natural community relations manager. “We know the need is out there, and we’re fortunate to have the support of our customers in giving this gift of warmth.”

Over the past 36 years, NW Natural’s GAP has raised about $6 million for community action groups that distribute the funds directly to those in need. NW Natural covers the program’s administrative costs so that 100 percent of the funds are donated. 

The new giving season is now underway, and NW Natural shareholders will match the first $60,000 in contributions to GAP. Tax-deductible donations can be made via United Way through August 31, 2019: https://connect.unitedway-pdx.org/comm/SinglePageRegPledge.jsp?DA=183376

Donation funds are distributed to community action networks, which screen all low-income recipients. The agencies receiving funds include:

  • Clackamas County Social Services Division, Clackamas County
  • Clark Public Utilities District, Clark County
  • Community Action Organization, Washington County
  • Community Action Team, Inc., Clatsop and Columbia Counties
  • Community Services Consortium, Benton, Lincoln and Linn Counties
  • Human Solutions, Inc., Multnomah County
  • Impact Northwest, Multnomah County
  • Lane County Human Services Commission, Lane County
  • Mid-Columbia Community Action Council, Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties
  • Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action, Marion and Polk Counties
  • Self Enhancement, Inc., Multnomah County
  • Yamhill Community Action Partnership, Yamhill County

Donations to GAP may also be made by mailing a check to:

Gas Assistance Program

619 SW 11th Ave., Room 300

Portland, Oregon 97205-2646


About NW Natural
NW Natural serves approximately two million people in more than 140 communities through 740,000 meters in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It has one of the most modern pipeline systems in the nation. NW Natural consistently leads the industry with high J.D. Power & Associates customer satisfaction scores. A 159-year-old regulated utility, NW Natural is expanding its storage in Oregon to support renewables. More information is at nwnatural.com.

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Gratitude for Local Arts and Culture with $63,000 in Grants from NW Natural - 11/08/18

PORTLAND, Ore. — NW Natural is supporting nine local arts and culture organizations with donations totaling more than $63,000.

The donations are a part of NW Natural’s longstanding commitment to supporting communities. Each year, the company gives nearly $1 million to local nonprofits as part of its Corporate Philanthropy Fund, made possible by NW Natural shareholders. Grants are awarded to organizations that support the arts, environment, and with special focus children and families at risk.

“Art and cultural programs are such an important aspect of our community,” says Von Summers, NW Natural’s community relations manager. “Which is why we’re proud to recognize the work of this year’s grant recipients, and share our gratitude for all that they do to enrich our region.”

The nine recipients of NW Natural’s 2018 arts and culture grants showcase the great wealth of talent and diversity in the Northwest. This year’s grant recipients include:

  • Literary Arts: $13,000 | Literary Arts engages readers, supports writers and inspires the next generation with great literature. Its programs include Portland Arts & Lectures, one of the country’s largest lecture series, and Writers in the Schools, which hires professional writers to teach creative writing workshops in Portland high schools.

 

  • Portland Center Stage: $12,000 | As the city’s leading professional theater, Portland Center Stage enriches the local art community by bringing stories to life in unexpected ways.

 

  • Portland Art Museum: $7,500 | The mission of the Portland Art Museum is to engage diverse communities through art and film of enduring quality, and to collect, preserve, and educate for the enrichment of present and future generations.

 

  • Urban League of Portland: $6,000 | The Urban League of Portland’s mission is to empower African Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life.

 

  • Basic Rights Oregon: $5,000 | The vision of Basic Rights Oregon is to ensure that all LGBTQ Oregonians live free from discrimination and be treated with dignity and respect in every community in our state.

 

  • Community Cycling Center: $5,000 | Community Cycling Center’s vision is to help build a vibrant community where people of all backgrounds use bicycles to stay healthy and connected.

 

  • Ethos Music Center: $5,000 | Ethos Music Center believes that all kids, regardless of socioeconomic status or geographic location, deserve access to music education. Ethos provides music lessons, group classes, camps, multicultural performances and workshops to more than 7,000 students across Oregon each year.

 

  • Japanese Garden Society: $5,000 | The Society strives to advance the education of the public in the conservation, cultivation and propagation of Japanese gardens through study, meetings, publications, lectures, shows, displays and visits to gardens.

 

  • Oregon Symphony: $5,000 | Since the Oregon Symphony was established more than 100 years ago, it has been recognized for its internationally acclaimed music directors, skilled performers, diverse programs and outstanding community services in education and regional touring.

Find more information about NW Natural’s Corporate Philanthropy Fund, as well as the company’s signature philanthropic effort, Programs of Focus, at: https://www.nwnatural.com/AboutNWNatural/Community/CorporateContributions 


About NW Natural
NW Natural serves approximately two million people in more than 140 communities through 740,000 meters in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It has one of the most modern pipeline systems in the nation. NW Natural consistently leads the industry with high J.D. Power & Associates customer satisfaction scores. A 159-year-old regulated utility, NW Natural is expanding its storage in Oregon to support renewables. More information is at nwnatural.com.

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Supporting Sustainability with $45,000 in NW Natural Donations to Environmental Services - 10/30/18

PORTLAND, Ore. — From the forests to the sea, NW Natural is celebrating the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with eight grants totaling $45,000.

“We’re proud to call the Pacific Northwest our home,” says Von Summers, NW Natural’s community relations manager. “Which is why we feel so strongly about supporting the many organizations that care for our local habitats and recreation areas.”

These grants represent just one area of focus for NW Natural’s Corporate Philanthropy Fund. Each year, the company gives nearly $1 million to local nonprofits, made possible by NW Natural shareholders. The grants are awarded to organizations that support the environment, arts, and with a special focus on children and families at risk.

This year’s grant recipients focus their efforts on both urban and natural environments. NW Natural’s 2018 environmental grant recipients include:

  • Forest Park Conservancy: $7,500 | The mission of the Forest Park Conservancy is to protect and foster the ecological health of Forest Park, maintain and enhance the park’s extensive trails network, and inspire community appreciation and future stewardship of this iconic urban forest as a gift for generations.

 

  • Friends of Trees: $7,500 | With a mission to bring people together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces in Pacific Northwest communities, Friends of Trees has planted nearly half a million trees and native plants since 1989.

 

  • Columbia Springs: $5,000 | Columbia Springs, an urban natural area in Vancouver, Washington offers a unique setting where educational experiences foster greater awareness of the natural world, inspiring stewardship.

 

  • The Freshwater Trust: $5,000 | The Freshwater Trust builds and implements the tools and methods that can accelerate results for freshwater ecosystems.

 

  • Nature Conservancy: $5,000 | The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people, including approximately 30 project sites in Oregon.

 

  • Northwest Earth Institute: $5,000 | Northwest Earth Institute is a non-profit organization that inspires people to take responsibility for Earth.

 

  • Oregon Coast Aquarium: $5,000 | The Oregon Coast Aquarium is located in Newport, on the beautiful Oregon Coast. The mission is to create unique and engaging experiences that connect visitors to the Oregon coast and inspire ocean conservation.

 

  • Portland Parks Foundation: $5,000 | The Portland Parks Foundation mobilizes financial and popular support to ensure a thriving and accessible parks system for a healthy Portland.

Find more information about NW Natural’s Corporate Philanthropy Fund, as well as the company’s signature philanthropic effort, Programs of Focus, at: https://www.nwnatural.com/AboutNWNatural/Community/CorporateContributions 


About NW Natural
NW Natural serves approximately two million people in more than 140 communities through 740,000 meters in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It has one of the most modern pipeline systems in the nation. NW Natural consistently leads the industry with high J.D. Power & Associates customer satisfaction scores. A 159-year-old regulated utility, NW Natural is expanding its storage in Oregon to support renewables. More information is at nwnatural.com.

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Lower Rates for Natural Gas Customers Start Nov. 1 - 10/29/18

Reduction reflects declining gas prices and the conclusion of Oregon general rate case

 

Portland, Ore. Oct. 29, 2018 – Northwest Natural Gas Company (NW Natural) customers will be paying lower rates starting Nov. 1. This is the fourth straight year that the cost of natural gas has dropped, and customers are still paying less than they did 15 years ago.

New rates for Oregon customers incorporate the conclusion of the general rate case and the results of the annual Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA). Together these adjustments result in a 2.1% or $1.10 savings for an average residential customer using 53 therms per month. Commercial customers will save 2.41% or $4.92 per month based on an average usage of 237 therms.

“We’re pleased to pass these savings on to customers,” said David H. Anderson, president and CEO of NW Natural. “The new rates in Oregon reflect not only lower gas costs, but also the recently approved general rate case. After 10 months of review with regulators and stakeholders, we’re pleased to reach conclusion on that, and we look forward to continuing to provide customers with high-quality, affordable service.”

The new rates include the Public Utility Commission of Oregon’s (OPUC) approval of a $23.4 million base rate increase, which equates to a net benefit to the company of $14.2 million. The increase recovers costs of company operations and investments in greater system reliability and resiliency.

The new rates also include the recently OPUC approved PGA reduction of 6.2% in residential rates and 5.8% in small commercial rates. Filed each year, the PGA takes into account a lower cost of natural gas, which is primarily the result of an abundant supply projected for the year ahead, and other year-to-year adjustments and costs approved by regulators.  

The effect of rate changes may vary for individual customers depending on their customer category, usage and other factors.

About NW Natural

NW Natural serves approximately two million people in more than 140 communities through 740,000 meters in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It has one of the most modern pipeline systems in the nation. NW Natural consistently leads the industry with high J.D. Power & Associates customer satisfaction scores. A 159-year-old regulated utility, NW Natural is expanding its storage in Oregon to support renewables. More information is at nwnatural.com.

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Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions regarding our business, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Our actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. We caution you therefore against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. They are neither statements of historical fact nor guarantees or assurances of future operational, economic or financial performance. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are discussed by reference to the factors described in Part I, Item 1A "Risk Factors", and Part II, Item 7 and Item 7A "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosure about Market Risk" in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in Part I, Items 2 and 3 "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk", and Part II, Item 1A, "Risk Factors", in the Company's quarterly reports filed thereafter.

All forward-looking statements made in this report and all subsequent forward-looking statements, whether written or oral and whether made by or on behalf of the Company, are expressly qualified by these cautionary statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

New factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for the Company to predict all such factors, nor can it assess the impact of each such factor or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.

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