We’re creating a better energy future.
For more than 145 years, Puget Sound Energy has provided local energy service for communities across Washington and proudly serves 1.5 million customers today. To ensure we meet their current and future needs, we're reducing our carbon footprint by getting out of coal, using more clean energy, and advancing cleaner transportation.
The transition from coal
With the planned shutdown of Colstrip Units 1 and 2 at the end of 2019, and the shutdown of the Centralia Power Plant in 2025, PSE will be nearly 90 percent clean—meaning non-coal generation—and on the path to 100 percent.1 Moving away from coal requires balance and transition. We provide critical services our customers count on, so we must carefully weigh any impacts on cost and reliability. We’re also committed to ensuring a smooth transition for the workers and community of Colstrip, Montana. This is a complicated process. We’re working closely with officials in our state and Montana to make this happen.
1No shutdown date has been established for Colstrip Units 3 and 4. Nearly 90 percent clean is based on 2016 load data.
Leading the way to cleaner energy
Our customers count on us for reliable and safe energy. We provide one-third of all of the electric and gas energy in our state—powering more than 1.5 million homes and businesses.
For years, we’ve been leading the way to cleaner, more affordable energy, from hydro power to the three large wind farms we built in Washington state. We’re the third largest utility owner of wind generation in the U.S. and we have one of the largest energy efficiency programs in the nation. Now, we’re making strategic investments that will bring more wind to commercial and large scale customers through our Green Direct program. We’re making solar and local green power available to communities and families through our Green Power and Solar Choice programs. And we’re modernizing our grid, to improve resilience, reliability and to make our system smarter and more flexible.
If we are going to have a better energy future in our state, we have to address transportation. In Washington, 43 percent of our carbon emissions come from transportation. Our state recently exceeded its goal of having 50,000 electric vehicles on the roads by 2020 and PSE continues its efforts to get more electric cars on the road. At the same time, we have to think of the whole picture and consider commercial and industrial transportation uses.
We have the opportunity to significantly reduce emissions with cleaner alternatives to diesel and other fuels. PSE’s partnership with TOTE Maritime will make just this kind of impact. When TOTE’s first ship leaves Tacoma for Alaska fueled with LNG, it will reduce harmful pollutants in the air and water by more than 85 percent. Our LNG facility will create the greenest shipping fleet on the West Coast. Imagine the impact on our state’s overall carbon emissions if more ships, trucks or even rail cars were powered by LNG.
It’s all of us
Our customers and communities care as deeply about climate change and the environment as we do. Their continued care, support and enthusiasm are absolutely essential for success. We also have simple and concrete actions for them to make a difference in their daily lives—from energy-efficient lighting and appliances to solar, carbon reduction and other green power programs.
For generations to come
Each step we take together will help to preserve and protect our environment for future generations. Working in partnership today, we can create a better energy future. See how much we can accomplish TOGETHER at pse.com/TOGETHER.