December 2001 - Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) announced plans to launch a voluntary green power program for its 260,000 residential and business customers beginning in January 2002. Under the Planet Power program, Snohomish customers can purchase 150-kWh blocks of electricity generated from renewable sources for an additional $3 per month, or 2.0¢/kWh. Each block represents about 15% of an average residential customer's monthly usage. There is no limit on the number of blocks that can be purchased and customers can sign up or discontinue their participation at any time. To supply the program, Snohomish has contracted with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to purchase 0.5 average megawatts of power that will come primarily from new wind projects in the Pacific Northwest.
All Washington-based utilities are required to offer their retail customers a voluntary green pricing option under a new state law that takes effect in 2002.
News Release - Going Green: PUD Customers Can Soon Opt for Renewable Planet Power - No longer online at snopud.com
News Article - Extra Power Has PUD Singing, 'It's Not Easy Buying Green'
Snohomish Contact: Bob Nicholas (425) 783-1778