January 2000 - In December, Benton County Public Utility District (PUD), which serves about 37,000 customers in Benton County, Washington, became the latest Northwest utility to offer green power to its customers, giving customers the opportunity to support power purchases from a new landfill-gas facility. Benton customers can voluntarily pay more on their electricity bill to support a 1-MW purchase from Klickitat PUD's Roosevelt Regional Landfill Gas Facility. Benton pays about 3.5¢/kWh for the landfill power, approximately 1¢/kWh more than it pays for its other power sources. The utility needs $100,000 in annual green power revenues to cover the higher costs of the landfill-gas purchase and will rate-base any shortfall. To date, about 365 customers are contributing an average of $2.50 per month.
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Benton PUD Contact: Christie McAloon (509) 582-1210