PSE COVID-19 Response

As a provider of an essential service, we are working to ensure we are here for our customers, our community and our employees as coronavirus impacts the region.

We know some of our business and residential customers might be worried about paying their bills. Here are measurable actions we’ve taken on behalf of our customers:

  • PSE will not be disconnecting customers for non-payment during this time.
  • During Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” order, PSE will only respond to emergency and make-safe situations which require restoration of power or natural gas such as: outages, natural gas leaks/odors, and low-hanging wire. We will also be working to support the essential facilities and services as listed in Governor Inslee’s critical infrastructure throughout our community.
  • PSE will work with our customers on options such as payment plans and choosing a new bill due date.
  • PSE has an energy assistance portal to facilitate access to funds available to income qualified customers.
  • PSE is requiring our employees to maintain social distancing while working in the field. We encourage our customers to do the same when engaging with our employees.

PSE Covid-19 Response
 

Electricity supply

Puget Sound Energy is the largest energy utility in the state, providing electric power to more than 1 million customers. Approximately 46 percent of the electricity PSE customers use comes from our own power plants. We currently have more than 3,500 megawatts of power-generating capacity. We purchase the rest of our power supply from a variety of other utilities, independent power producers and energy marketers across the western United States and Canada.

Our diversified mix

The electricity we provide our customers uses a number of different resources. In 2014, hydroelectric power accounted for more than a third of our power portfolio. We also generate electricity with our own thermal power plants. We share ownership of a large coal-fired generating facility in eastern Montana, and we own several natural-gas-fired power plants in the Puget Sound region.

Wind power is a very important and increasingly prominent resource for PSE. We own and operate three large wind farms in central and eastern Washington. Those wind farms together produce enough electricity, on average, to power 165,000 homes. According to the American Wind Energy Association, PSE is the third-largest utility producer of wind power in the United States.

Washington state's renewable energy requirement

Past reporting requirements

Past report cards

2018 Electricity Fuel Mix

Diverse resources powering your home and business

The electricity generated for you uses a diverse mix of resources. The PSE fuel mix for electricity delivered to customers in 2018 is detailed in the chart and graph below

Fuel Percentage
Coal 36%
Hydroelectric 32%
Natural Gas 20%
Nuclear <1%
Other* <1%
Wind 10%
Total 100%

* Biomass, non-biogenic and petroleum.

Source: Published by the Washington Department of Commerce, October 2019, with data reported by PSE in August 2019.