Island County and PSE, an energetic duo
Whidbey Island has a proud past and promising future, and we’re proud to be a part of it.
Power to the people
- In 1925, the electric system on the Whidbey Island was run by one generator that was powered by a tractor. Monday was wash day, so everyone was asked to limit their energy consumption so there'd be clean clothes.
- You who generate your own electricity represent 10 percent of all the solar-generating systems in our service area.
- We partnered with the cities of Langley, Oak Harbor and Coupeville along with Island County to challenge residents to increase your participation in Puget Sound Energy’s Green Power Program to 1,000 customers. You exceeded the Green Power Challenge by 50 percent and earned a $25,000 grant to help finance the Port of Coupeville solar-power installation at Greenbank Farm.
- In 2009, you and your neighbors saved more than 650,000 kilowatt hours – enough energy to power 60 homes. Your conservation efforts prevented more than 730,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the environment.
Doing our part
- Between 1925 and 1930 we purchased Oak Harbor Lighting Company, Coupeville Lighting Company and Island Light and Power Company, bringing centralized power service to Whidbey Island.
- In 1955, we used helicopters to install transmission lines across Deception Pass.
- Through our energy efficiency rebate and incentive programs we paid 50 percent of the cost (about $50,000) of a lighting retrofit in Oak Harbor Schools, which will save the district more than $20,000 per year.
- We've assisted Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on numerous projects over the past 20 years, including a lighting project affecting 83 building and 1.2 million square feet, resulting in energy savings of $1.1 million per year.
PSE profile in Whidbey Island