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
 

Thermal power

While hydropower makes up the largest share of electricity we provide to our customers, electricity from natural gas-fired and coal-fired power plants also represents a portion of our supply.

 

Gas-fired power

PSE owns nine natural gas-fired power plants with a combined generating capacity of approximately 1,900 megawatts. The latest addition to the utility’s gas-fired fleet is the 270-megawatt Ferndale Generating Station. PSE acquired the Whatcom County facility in late 2012.

In addition to the Ferndale plant, we have gas-fired power-generating facilities in Pierce (Frederickson, with two facilities), Skagit (Fredonia), Cowlitz (Mint Farm) and Klickitat (Goldendale) counties, as well as three other plants (WhitehornEncogen and Sumas in Whatcom County.

Gas-fired power is safe, requires no disposal or storage of dangerous wastes and emits far less carbon dioxide than other power resources that use fossil fuels.

Coal-fired power

PSE’s coal portfolio dropped by 307 MW to 393 MW in January 2020 when plant operator and co-owner Talen Energy closed Units 1 & 2 at the Colstrip Power Project in eastern Montana. PSE also recently sold its share of Colstrip Unit 4. We will continue to be one of five owners of Colstrip Unit 3.

Frederickson Thermal Plant