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