Participating in the Carbon Balance program lets you reduce your carbon footprint by purchasing third-party verified carbon offsets from local projects that work to reduce or capture greenhouse gases. For as little as $3 a month added to your monthly bill, you can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Northwest.

Residential natural gas customers can purchase offset blocks for $3 each. With each block equivalent to removing 400 pounds of carbon dioxide from the environment, the average customer can be carbon neutral for as little as $6 per month.

PSE does not make a profit on the Carbon Balance program.

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Purchasing carbon offsets sourced from certified* environmentally responsible energy projects in the Northwest allows Carbon Balance to support local programs such as:

  • The Winston Creek Forest Carbon Project, Lewis County, WA

Winston Creek is an innovative forest management project, the largest forest carbon project on the voluntary market in Washington State. The forest owner, Port Blakely, seeks to address greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the ability of its forest to sequester carbon.

By using environmentally sustainable practices that involve extending forest harvest rotation age by twenty years, Port Blakely is doubling the biomass of its forest. Ensuring these trees aren't cut down in the prime of their ability to sequester carbon, provides for older, larger trees that have a much greater capacity to store carbon dioxide and make oxygen.

*The Winston Creek Forest Carbon Project offsets are certified through the American Carbon Registry.

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*Carbon Balance is Green-e Climate certified and meets the environmental and consumer-protection standards for greenhouse gas emissions reductions (carbon offsets) set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. Learn more: