February 2006 - On January 1, Mason County PUD No. 3 lowered the price of wind energy offered through its Mason Evergreen Power program to 1.0¢/kWh from 2.0¢/kWh. Also, now customers can choose to participate at the 100% level in addition to buying 100-kWh monthly blocks of wind energy. The utility attributed the wind rate decrease to economies of scale at the Nine Canyon Wind Project from which the program is supplied, and a reduction in transmission costs. Mason County PUD No. 3 owns a 2-MW share of the 63.7-MW project, which is the largest publicly owned wind farm in the United States.
More Information - Mason Evergreen Power Newsletter (PDF 170 KB)
More Information - Fact Sheet on the Nine Canyon Wind Project (PDF 163 KB)
PUD Contacts: Jay Himlie (360) 426-8255 x5280 or Renee Porter
January 2003 - Mason County PUD No. 3, which serves 28,000 customers in western Washington, announced a new green power offering for its residential and commercial customers. Under the Mason Evergreen Power program, customers can purchase 100 kilowatt-hour (kWh) blocks of wind power for $2.00 per month, or a premium of 2¢/kWh. Each block represents about 10% of an average residential customer's monthly electricity usage. There is no limit on the number of blocks that can be purchased. Customers can enroll, change their participation level, or drop out of the program at any time. The green power is supplied from the utility's 1-MW share of the 50-MW, Nine Canyon Wind project located in Eastern Washington.
Mason County is required to offer a renewable energy purchase option to its customers under a state law enacted in 2001.
News Release - Mason Evergreen Power Option Now Available For Owner/Ratepayers of Mason County PUD No. 3
Mason County Contacts: Jay Himlie (360) 426-8255, Renee Porter