January 1999 - Snohomish County Public Utility District #1 in Washington became the second utility to announce that it will purchase certified green power from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). Snohomish has agreed to purchase 10 MW of power over two years. In July 1998, the Emerald People's Utility District near Eugene, Oregon agreed to a one year contract to purchase 3 MW of green power from BPA.
The green power will be supplied from small hydro (90%) and wind resources (10%) that have been officially endorsed by local environmental groups as "environmentally preferred." The Bonneville Environmental Foundation, an independent nonprofit foundation established by BPA and three environmental groups, will receive 60% of the above-market green power premium paid to BPA to support renewable energy projects in the Pacific Northwest.
News Release - Bonneville Environmental Foundation receives $1 million- No longer online bpa.gov
News Release - Wind, Water to Light Homes, Benefit Environment - No longer online bpa.gov