Puget Sound Energy Named one of Washington’s Greenest Companies
From Bellingham to Olympia, PSE Strives to Protect its Customers and Environment
Bellevue, Wash. (Nov. 2, 2012) – Puget Sound Energy was recognized in the November issue of Seattle Business Magazine as a Washington 50 Green award recipient. Award winners, chosen by a panel of judges, are recognized for demonstrating leadership in the areas of sustainability, green practices, commitment to our environment and the future of our natural resources.
“Environmental stewardship is one of our core values and we’re proud of our record,” said Andy Wappler, vice president of Corporate Affairs. “We continue to identify ways to improve our sustainability practices and to operate in safe and responsible ways to benefit our customers and our environment.”
Already the nation's second-largest utility producer of wind power, PSE expects to secure substantially more renewable energy in coming years. Earlier this year, PSE began operation of its third large wind farm in Eastern Washington. Together, the utility’s three wind-power facilities produce enough electricity, on average, to power more than 200,000 homes.
While wind power is its predominant source of renewable energy, PSE also operates one of the region’s largest solar-power installations and actively supports the development of small-scale renewable power generation by its customers. More than 1,000 PSE customers now have their own, on-site solar-power arrays. The utility also manages one the country’s most successful consumer green-energy programs. More than 32,000 business and residential customers are enrolled in PSE’s Green Power program, which lets customers voluntarily invest in local renewable-energy generation to offset the portion of their PSE power supply derived from fossil fuels.
PSE is a leader in energy efficiency programs, saving residents and businesses millions of dollars by helping them to reduce their energy needs. PSE’s Olympia office staff worked with Providence St. Peter’s Hospital administrators to improve energy conservation efforts; PSE awarded the hospital more than $1 million in energy efficiency grants over the last 10 years and helped hospital administrators significantly reduce their electric and heating costs.
PSE also works aggressively to prevent birds from being injured around power lines, to boost wildlife habitat, and to enhance northwest salmon runs. On the Baker River, the utility’s investments in innovative fish-migration facilities has produced a dramatic turnaround in the river’s sockeye salmon population. This year saw a record run of 48,367 sockeye, enabling the first-ever sport-fishing season for sockeye on the Skagit River.
Earlier this year, PSE was named top “Environmental Leader” in the 2012 Puget Sound Business Journal’s Corporate Champion Awards. For more information about PSE’s environmental programs, to speak with a local energy efficiency advisor, or to learn how to get your family prepared for storm season and potential emergencies, go to PSE.com.
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.
Terri-Ann Betancourt, 1-888-831-7250