February 2007 - Puget Sound Energy (PSE), which serves more than one million electric customers in Washington State, announced that its green power sales have increased by almost 30% because of recently signed purchase agreements with several cities and government entities. The cities of Bellingham and Olympia, the LOTT Alliance, and Whatcom County have all signed agreements to purchase a collective 53 million kWh of green power annually. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership, Bellingham is now the largest local government in the United States to meet 100% of its municipal electricity needs (26 million kWh) with renewable energy. Under PSE's Green Power Program, residential customers can purchase a minimum of 200 kWh of renewable electricity at an extra cost of $4 on their monthly bills, or a premium of 2¢/kWh. The additional cost to businesses and the local government entities varies based on their participation level.
News Release - Cities from Bellingham to Olympia Sign Agreements with Puget Sound Energy to Go Green