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