May 2000 - Tacoma Power, which serves more than 140,000 customers in Washington, has launched a green pricing pilot program for its customers. The power for the EverGreen Options program will be supplied by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) from a blend of low-impact hydro and wind power. Residential customers can participate by paying an extra $3, $6, or $10 each month while business customers can participate by paying an extra $6 to $100 each month, depending on the size of the business and the level of commitment.
A portion of the revenue collected from the program will be used to cover the additional cost of the green power. The remainder will go to the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to support the development of new renewable resources and improve watersheds and fish and wildlife habitats in Washington and Oregon. Tacoma has agreed to purchase 1 MW of power from BPA for the program, enough to serve the average electricity needs of about 600 homes.
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Tacoma Contact: Peter Meyer (253) 502-8528