Green Power Report - Spring 2014

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Heather Mulligan, right, presents 2013's inter-city competition winner, the City of Snoqualmie, with their $40,000 solar grant. Heather Mulligan, right, presents 2013's inter-city competition winner, the City of Snoqualmie, with their $40,000 solar grant.

Heather Mulligan, right, presents 2013's inter-city competition winner, the City of Snoqualmie, with their $40,000 solar grant.

BioFuels Washington and local leaders celebrate the official ribbon cutting at the new renewable energy project supported by Green Power participants. BioFuels Washington and local leaders celebrate the official ribbon cutting at the new renewable energy project supported by Green Power participants.

BioFuels Washington and local leaders celebrate the official ribbon cutting at the new renewable energy project supported by Green Power participants.

PSE's Green Team hits the streets in record numbers to talk about Green Power – despite the record breaking rain! PSE's Green Team hits the streets in record numbers to talk about Green Power – despite the record breaking rain!

PSE's Green Team hits the streets in record numbers to talk about Green Power – despite the record breaking rain!

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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.

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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!

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Green Power Rewards tip

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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.

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Trash can

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.

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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.

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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*

Pie Chart: Expense breakdown of kilowatt hours (kwh) of Green Power purchased January to December 2013. Green Energy Resources: 56%, Education and Outreach: 30%, Administration: 9%, Taxes on Revenue: 5%. Pie Chart: Total kilowatt hours (kwh) of Green Power purchased January to December 2012

*All revenue goes back into PSE's Green Power Program, as required by law.

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PSE's Green Power is Green-e certified

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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.