July 28 Tour of Baker River Hydropower Project Offered by PSE

Opportunity to see Tall Hydropower Dams, Advanced Fish-Transport Facilities

BURLINGTON, Wash. (July 9, 2012) – Reservations are being accepted for free public tours on Saturday, July 28 of Puget Sound Energy’s Baker River Hydroelectric Project in the picturesque North Cascades near Concrete.

Travelling by bus from Concrete, tour participants will make stops at both of PSE’s large Baker River dams. They’ll also visit the utility’s extensive facilities for boosting the river’s salmon runs.

Tour reservations are required and availability is limited. For more information or to book a reservation, call PSE at 360-766-5656, or send an email to: tours@pse.com.

One of the tour’s fisheries stops will be at PSE’s reconstructed, enhanced trap-and-haul facility for migrating salmon. The highly automated facility attracts, holds and sorts adult salmon for safe upstream “fish taxi” transport around both Baker River dams. Other tour stops include a fish hatchery built in 2010 by PSE near Upper Baker Dam, and nearby, the utility’s refurbished sockeye-salmon spawning beaches.

In addition, tour participants will stop atop Upper Baker Dam to view PSE’s 4-year-old “floating surface collector.” The apparatus is a 1,000-ton barge-like structure whose innovative design and equipment safely lure and hold juvenile salmon for downstream truck transport around the Baker River dams. A second PSE downstream fish collector, on Lake Shannon, is now being constructed and should be operational by spring 2013.

The Baker River Hydroelectric Project is the largest of PSE’s three Western Washington hydropower facilities. Lower Baker Dam can generate up to 79 megawatts of power, while Upper Baker Dam can produce 91 MW at maximum capacity. Together, the dams can serve the peak power demand of about 130,000 households. PSE expects to complete construction by mid-2013 of a second Lower Baker powerhouse, providing another 30 MWs of generating capacity.

About Puget Sound Energy

Washington state’s oldest local energy company, Puget Sound Energy serves 1.1 million electric customers and more than 750,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties. A subsidiary of Puget Energy, PSE meets the energy needs of its customers, in part, through cost-effective energy efficiency, procurement of sustainable energy resources, and far-sighted investment in energy-delivery infrastructure. PSE employees are dedicated to providing great customer service that is safe, dependable and efficient. For more information, visit www.PSE.com.

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