June 2011 - Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has launched the Carbon Balance Program for its natural gas customers. The program supplies carbon offsets from a biogas anaerobic digester at the George DeRuyter and Sons Dairy located in Outlook, Washington. The offsets are certified by the Climate Action Reserve and purchased through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
PSE natural gas customers can purchase carbon-offset "blocks" for $4 each. One block is equivalent to the removal of 400 pounds of carbon dioxide. PSE estimates that an average residential customer using 68 therms of natural gas per month would need to purchase two 400 pound blocks in order to offset 100 percent of his natural gas use.
The program's first customer was Seattle University, which began purchasing offsets for 100 percent of its natural gas use on May 1st.
The Carbon Balance Program for natural gas customers complements PSE's existing Green Power Program for electricity consumers.
News Release - Puget Sound Energy Launches 'Green' Natural Gas Program To Complement Utility's Award-Winning Green Power Program
Puget Sound Energy, MacKenzie McDowell, 1-888-831-7250
Seattle University, Stacy Howard, 206-296-6114.