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The region is retooling for the new Green Economy with business and industry transforming their practices to be more sustainable. As we make this transition we must consider our energy sources. Developing the Northwest's rich renewable energy resources makes perfect sense to meet our sustainability goals. Powering the Green Economy with dirty coal isn't a sustainable option.
Electricity is a commodity that we all rely on constantly. Whether we like it or not, our modern lives would not exist without it, powering everything from our phones to our assembly lines. But we rarely stop to consider what we are buying when we pay the utility bill, or what the impacts are on our communities and the environment. Investment in local renewable energy projects are powering our regional economic engine as well as our buildings.
When you stop to think about it, shifting the source of our power creates an entirely new segment in the economic landscape that needs to be filled. Local family-wage jobs, year-round income streams for family farms, and increased tax revenues for rural counties are just some of the tangible benefits of developing renewable energy resources.  
Real Jobs for Real People
Whether constructing a wind turbine, installing a solar panel, or manufacturing their necessary components, investing in renewable energy is creating jobs that require skilled labor. Along with the hundreds of construction jobs, permanent positions are needed for operating and maintaining the projects. These positions earn good wages, and they often exist in rural counties where new job opportunities are hard to come by. As other parts of the economy struggle, the renewable energy sector has brought new strength and promise to our region.
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Economic Impacts: Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide
Let's face it, the biggest political dynamic of our time is how polarizing issues can be. Almost every budget or policy decision made today seems to be couched into an "Us vs. Them" message, often pitting the economic needs of rural counties against the business interests of the urban centers. The renewable energy sector has the ability to bridge this divide and provide benefits to each. Urban centers benefit from manufacturing and corporate activities, while rural counties benefit from increases to their tax base and the creation of permanent positions for operation & maintenance of renewable projects. If we are truly looking for ways to cooperate and make our region more prosperous for everyone then the renewable energy sector is a great place to start.
Wind and Sun -- Montana's Next Economic Boom

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Video - Energy Imbalance Market

It is time for the Northwest to modernize its electricity system and create an Energy Imbalance Market.

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Video - $5.4 Billion Renewable Energy Investment in Oregon Economy

Renewable energy companies have invested $5.4 billion dollars in Oregon.
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Renewable Energy Case Studies
Renewable energy development is transforming the region as companies and family farms harness their own power and catch the sustainability business wave. Check out the stories below for some examples of what others are doing.