What's happening in 2014
Welcome to the latest edition of the Green Power Report, arriving just in time to celebrate summer – a season we all look forward to, not only because it means getting outdoors but also lower energy bills.
Unpredictable and cold weather can take its toll on Northwest communities, making supporting clean, green energy a challenge – but the high demand for power in winter makes investing in new and innovative renewables more important than ever. Thank you for your commitment to keeping our clean energy future a priority!
Aside from more outdoor recreation, the promise of warmer weather also brings many outdoor festivals, events and local farmers markets. The Green Power Program team will be tabling throughout PSE's service area talking about renewable energy. If you see us, stop by and say hi. And while you are there grab one of our I Choose Green Power stickers.
This edition of the Green Power Report has some exciting news to share, including an exclusive chance to tour Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility with other Green Power participants, information on the latest local independent renewable energy project added to the programs portfolio, and ways to support your community through the program. Finally, please tell your friends and neighbors about the impact our program has each year. Share the 2013 by the numbers graphic below. You are part of making an accomplishment like this possible – so please brag about it!
Here's to an amazing summer!
Green Power Program Manager
Puget Sound Energy
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Why go it alone? Join us at Wild Horse!
Have you ever wondered what a wind facility looks like up close? PSE's Green Power Program has arranged for an exclusive private tour of Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility near Ellensburg on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. It's our way of saying thank you for choosing Green Power!
Join us and you'll get to:
We'll hop on a charter bus in Bellevue in the morning, enjoy lunch and a tour of Wild Horse and return back before dinner. The cost is $5 a person for Green Power customers; $10 a person for non-Green Power PSE customers.
Space is limited – reserve your spot now! Click here for more details and to sign up.
Green Power Rewards tip
Did you know that the Green Power Rewards app has a "near me" function? It is a great way to check out Green Powered businesses when you are in an unfamiliar part of town, or another Puget Sound city. Simply open the app, tap the "near me" button at the bottom, and a list of close-by coupons will come up.
Find out more about Green Power Rewards here. And please use them – like fossil fuels, they won't last forever!
Retiring the Rewards plastic card
Longtime participants in Green Power may remember any early version of our "Rewards" program that used a recycled plastic discount card. When we launched the Reward app in 2013 the plastic card was retired. If you still have the card please recycle it. Our mobile app has many more coupons than the card offered and since they are accessible from your phone, it is much handier to use.
Find out about the mobile app here for Apple and Android devices. If you don't use an Apple or Android device, you can request paper coupons on the same page.
As the saying goes, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." This old adage couldn't apply more perfectly to the new landfill-based energy project recently added to the Green Power portfolio. This Pierce County facility captures methane gas from an approximately 320-acre landfill in Graham. Once harnessed, the gas is burned to make clean, green energy.
Without harnessing and burning, the gas would be released into the atmosphere over time. In addition to harming local air quality, releasing the gas would be a waste of energy. By building a project like this, these energy makers are essentially taking a byproduct and turning it into a marketable good. It is a smart business that also benefits the environment.
This region is a leader in recycling, but landfills are still an unfortunate truth. Innovative facilities like this are working to further reduce the impact our society has on the environment. And participating in PSE's Green Power Program helps fund projects like the Graham landfill.
The first phase of the project, already completed, will make up to 4.5 MW of energy. That is enough to power approximately 3,375 homes. See more about how it all works in this video.
Who will become the 2014 "Greenest town in the Puget Sound?"
Each year we challenge Puget Sound communities to increase their adoption of renewable energy and 2014 is no different! This year we have asked Issaquah, Puyallup and Redmond to "Take Change" of their energy and join the Green Power Program. Each city has set its own goal toward earning $20,000 for a local solar project. Goals are set based on a variety of things, including community size and growth potential. It also takes into account current participation, so current participates in the city do count in the challenge.
On top of individual goals, the cities are competing for an additional $20,000 prize for the city with the largest percentage increase of participants from available accounts. In other words, the prize will award the most growth from the pool of homes and businesses that are not already in the program. If you are in one of these cities please encourage your friends and neighbors to join the program to help your community win.
Whether or not you have a stake in the competition you can watch the story unfold on Facebook. Here are the current standings:
Green Power by the numbers (as of April 30, 2014)
- Green Power participation
- 1,298 businesses
- 39,989 residents
- 41,287 total
- Top five cities by residential participation
- Olympia 5,032
- Bellingham 4,677
- Bellevue 2,949
- Kirkland 2,287
- Redmond 1,412
- Top five cities by commercial participation
- Bellingham 150
- Olympia 94
- Vashon 27
- Bainbridge Island 25
- Anacortes 2
Total kilowatt hours (kwh) of Green Power purchased January to December 2013
380,155,000 -- up to 4 percent from 2012
Expense breakdown from 2013*
*All revenue goes back into PSE's Green Power Program, as required by law.
PSE's Green Power is Green-e certified
Green-e Energy certifies that PSE's Green Power Program meets the minimum environmental and consumer protection standards established by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions. For more information on Green-e Energy certification requirements, call 1-888-63-GREEN or log on to green-e.org.