August 2013 - The Seattle Aquarium is partnering with Seattle City Light to install a 49-kilowatt (kW) solar array as part of the utility's Community Solar and Green Up programs. Under the Community Solar program, customers can purchase up to 125 solar panels in the aquarium's array at a cost of $150 for each 24-watt unit. Those customers will then receive a credit from the utility and a production incentive from the state, for a total of $1.15 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of generated electricity. Through the Green Up program, Seattle City Light can then sell the power generated by the solar array to customers wishing to support renewable energy. Those customers pay a slightly higher price for their electricity to cover the additional cost of integrating renewable energy into Seattle City Light's power source.
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Biggest Aquarium Installation on the West Coast
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Seattle City Light Green Up program
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Seattle City Light Community Solar program
Seattle City Light Contact: Scott Thomsen, (206) 386-4233
January 2012 - The 9-megawatt (MW) PáTu Wind Farm, a local wind farm located in Sherman County, Oregon has signed two long-term power purchase agreements to sell its renewable energy certificates (RECs) to OneEnergy Renewables and Seattle City Light. OneEnergy Renewables, a Seattle-based REC marketer, will purchase PáTu-generated RECs through 2015. Seattle City Light, Seattle's municipal utility, will begin purchasing PáTu RECs in 2016. PáTu Wind Farm consists of six 1.5-MW wind turbines, which began producing renewable wind power in December 2010.
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Oregon Community Wind Finds Seattle Market
November 2011 - 3Degrees has been selected by the Maine Public Utilities Commission to launch a new, voluntary statewide green power program. The firm also announced that it will be the green power supplier for Connecticut's CTCleanEnergyOptions program. Through these initiatives, 3Degrees will be able to offer green power options to the majority of residential and commercial utility customers in Maine and Connecticut.
Seattle City Light (WA) has selected 3Degrees to help manage customer outreach for its Green Up program. In addition, Puget Sound Energy (WA) has decided to renew its green power program services contract with the company. With these new and renewed agreements, 3Degrees and its utility partners will offer green power options to over 7.7 million residential and commercial utility customers in seven states.
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3Degrees Expands Green Power Program Services to Utility Customers in Connecticut, Maine, and Washington
June 2011 - Holy Cross Energy, working with the Clean Energy Collective, has developed a second community solar installation. The project is an 858 kilowatt (kW) solar array located in Rifle, Colorado. The array is expected to produce 1.5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity each year. Participants pay an upfront cost of $3.15/watt ($3,150/kW) and receive a credit on their bill each month at a rate of 11.0¢/kWh. Clean Energy Collective has also developed a PeakSavings Program, which enables non-profit organizations and Homeowner Associations to participate in the community solar program. The first project by Holy Cross Energy and the Clean Energy Collective was an 80-kW system developed in June 2010.
Seattle City Light has launched a new Community Solar project. The solar panels total 24 kW and will double as roofs for three picnic shelters at a local park. The panels are expected to produce 24,000 kWh/year. The Community Solar project will allow up to 500 people to buy portions of output for $600 per share. Participants will receive credit for the amount of kWh that their share produced. The credit will be equal to Seattle City Light's Small General Service Rate, currently about 7.0¢/kWh. Participants will also receive Production Incentive Credits from the State of Washington for the number of kWh generated by their share. The State incentive offers up to an additional $1.08/kWh and $54/year per unit.
News Release - Community Solar Project makes Renewable Energy Available to All
Contact: Aaron Pickus, 206-684-4000
February 2010 - DCG/West, a Seattle-based printing company, has signed up to purchase 100 percent of its electricity, or nearly 2.6 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, from Seattle City Light's Green Up program. The company was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its commitment to green operations and is currently ranked 17th on the EPA's Green Power Partnership Top 20 Printers list. The Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,200 organizations to voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use.
News Release - Seattle Printing Company Gets Green Thumbs Up from EPA
Contact: Hanady Kader, 206-553-0454
February 2006 - Seattle City Light announced that the University of Washington has committed to purchase enough renewable energy to meet 100% of its electricity needs, making it the largest purchaser of green power in Seattle. According to an article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the university will buy about 18.4 million kWh of green power annually through Seattle City Light's Green Up program at an extra cost of $276,000. The utility already provides 93% of the school's power from a combination of hydropower and wind resources. The new green power purchase represents 7% of the university's 280 million kWh annual electricity need, thus bringing its total renewable energy usage to 100%.
As part of the Green Up partnership, Seattle City Light will coordinate with the university to build renewable energy projects on campus that will be installed and run by students, faculty and staff. In addition, the utility will assist the university with greenhouse gas emissions analysis and a carbon footprint inventory. The utility and the university will also work together to create student internships and research opportunities on green power issues.
News Release - Mayor Announces UW Green Energy Purchase
News Article - UW Pays More For 'Green' Power
September 2005 - Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and Seattle City Light announced a new green power option for the city's nonresidential customers. Under the Green Up program, commercial and industrial customers can purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) to "green up" a portion of their energy use. The RECs are available at a rate premium of 1.5¢/kWh and are supplied from the Stateline Wind Project in eastern Washington, and potentially other renewable energy projects. The utility offers a number of additional benefits to program participants, including advertising a list of participants in local business journals, in utility newsletters, and on the utility's Web site.
Unico, a real estate investment firm that operates a number of major commercial buildings in the Seattle area, helped the city launch the program by committing to purchase 3.2 million kWh of RECs, or the equivalent of 8% of the company's electric needs.
News Release - Mayor Nickels, Unico Work To Fight Global Warming: City Light's New Renewable Energy Program, Green Up, Will Help Reduce Climate Change
June 2005 - On June 27, the Seattle City Council adopted an ordinance to allow Seattle City Light to offer a new program through which customers can make voluntary purchases of renewable energy. Starting July 1, customers will be able to purchase renewable energy certificates equivalent to a portion or all of their electricity use under the Green-Up program. Initially, the program will offer wind energy certificates supplied from the Stateline Wind Project at a rate premium of 1.5¢/kWh—the utility has a 20-year agreement with PPM Energy to purchase 175 megawatts of wind energy from the project. In the future, the program may also be supplied from biomass and landfill gas projects. The utility plans to use the net program revenues to make additional purchases of renewable energy from new facilities.
Since 2002, Seattle City Light has offered the voluntary Seattle Green Power program through which customers can make contributions to support the development of smaller-scale, local, or regional renewable energy projects. Currently, nearly 5,000 customers are enrolled in the program.
City Council Bill - An Ordinance Relating to the City Light Department; Establishing A Voluntary Green-Up Program
News Article - Seattle's a Hothouse of Green Power
News Release - City Secures Wind-Power Program Through 2020
March 2002 - In just two months, more than 7,000 residential and small business customers of Pacific Power and Portland General Electric (PGE) have signed up for green power. Customers of the two Oregon-based utilities can choose among three renewable energy options: a wind power option, a renewable energy blend, and a salmon-friendly product. About three-quarters of the customers who have subscribed since January have chosen one of the latter two products, which are offered by Green Mountain Energy Company in cooperation with the two utilities.
In addition, Seattle City Light has subscribed more than 1,200 customers just seven weeks after launching its green power program. The utility is signing up customers at a rate of about 40 per day, surpassing the city's expectations. Under Seattle's Green Power program, residential and business customers can contribute funds to support local renewable energy projects.
News Release - Governor Kitzhaber Proclaims March 1 'Renewable Energy Day', Celebrating New Pollution-Free Power Options and First Day of Energy Restructuring
News Release - Signups For Seattle Green Power Program Surpass 1,200 Mark
November 2001 - Seattle City Light received approval from the City Council to offer a green pricing program to its 340,000 customers. Residential customers can choose to contribute $3, $7 or $10 extra each month to a utility-managed fund that will be used to purchase power from resources such as solar, wind, and biomass. Business customers can also participate, but at different contribution levels. Under a law enacted earlier this year, all utilities in the state are required to offer a green power option to their customers beginning in 2002.
The City of Seattle has pledged to meet 5% of its power needs from renewable energy. Earlier this year, the city announced a 50-MW wind power purchase, which could rise to as much as 175 MW by 2004. The green pricing program will focus on the development of "smaller and more local demonstration projects to help City Light gain experience in new and emerging technologies as well as taking on a leadership role in the advancement and transformation of the market for renewable resources."
News Release - Wills Introduces Voluntary Green Power Program For City Light Customer
News Article - City Light To Try An Experiment In 'Green Power' To Fund Renewable Energy
Seattle City Light Contacts: Nancy Glaser (206) 684-3117 or Dan Williams (206) 615-0978