February 2006 - Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington is purchasing renewable energy for 100% of its electricity needs, making it one of the largest purchases among colleges and universities nationally according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership. The college is purchasing more than 16 million kWh of wind energy annually for its Olympia and Tacoma campuses from Puget Sound Energy and Tacoma Power. The green power purchase is financed through a fee of $1 per credit-hour per student, which went into effect in October 2005.
News Release - EPA, Washington State Senate Honor Evergreen's Commitment
News Article - Evergreen's Energy Effort Gets National Attention
September 2004 - Puget Sound Energy, Snohomish County Public Utility District and Tacoma Power announced that the three utilities have together garnered more than 4,300 new green pricing customers as a result of a joint, 10-week public information campaign. The campaign, which kicked off on April 15th, involved television ads, the Internet and permission-based email, coupled with utility bill inserts and free coffee products from Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters. Other partners in the outreach campaign included Belo Marketing Solutions, which coordinated the media efforts, and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
News Release - "I Want My GPT!" (Green Power Too) Say Thousands of Puget Sound-Region Utility Customers - Results of Recent Green Power Public Information Campaign Confirm: Utility Green Power Programs are Working, Wanted and Worthwhile
April 2004 - Puget Sound Energy, Snohomish County Public Utility District, and Tacoma Power have teamed on the development of a public information campaign to encourage electricity customers to purchase green power. The integrated campaign combines television, Internet, permission-based e-mail, and utility bill inserts to increase consumer awareness of and customer signups for the utilities' green pricing programs.
Program participants pay a modest premium, usually $3 to $6 a month, to support the generation of new renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest. The campaign was conceived from market research indicating that customer interest in green power is very high but awareness of the utility programs is low. The campaign is designed to reach more than two-thirds of western Washington's population. Olympia-based Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, which purchases green power to supply its own operations, will contribute coffee and mugs to the first 3,000 customers who sign up in response to the campaign. The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) is also a campaign partner.
News Release - Puget Sound Region's Electric Utilities Give Green Light to Green Power Campaign
Puget Sound Energy Contact: Mike Richardson, (425) 456-2839
Snohomish PUD Contact: Bob Nicholas, (425) 783-1778
Tacoma Power Contact: Mark Aalfs, (253) 502-8939
BEF Contact: Tom Starrs (503) 248-1905
May 2000 - Tacoma Power, which serves more than 140,000 customers in Washington, has launched a green pricing pilot program for its customers. The power for the EverGreen Options program will be supplied by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) from a blend of low-impact hydro and wind power. Residential customers can participate by paying an extra $3, $6, or $10 each month while business customers can participate by paying an extra $6 to $100 each month, depending on the size of the business and the level of commitment.
A portion of the revenue collected from the program will be used to cover the additional cost of the green power. The remainder will go to the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to support the development of new renewable resources and improve watersheds and fish and wildlife habitats in Washington and Oregon. Tacoma has agreed to purchase 1 MW of power from BPA for the program, enough to serve the average electricity needs of about 600 homes.
News Release - Tacoma Power Launches New Green Power Program, Donates Important Piece of Land in Puget Creek for Earth Day - No longer online at www.cityoftacoma.org/
News Release - New Power Sale Paints Tacoma Power Green - No longer online at Yahoo!
Tacoma Contact: Peter Meyer (253) 502-8528