Snoqualmie and Tumwater Leading PSE's "Take Charge Green Power Challenge"

Five Cities Compete to be Awarded up to $40,000 for a Local Solar Project

Bellevue, Wash. (August 19, 2013) -- Stakes are rising in Puget Sound Energy's "Take Charge Green Power Challenge" which asks residents and businesses in Anacortes, Bainbridge Island, Kirkland, Snoqualmie and Tumwater to join PSE's Green Power Program and be rewarded with as much as $40,000 to install a solar project in their town. As of July 31, Snoqualmie and Tumwater reached their initial goal, ensuring each of them gets an award of $20,000.

Snoqualmie and Tumwater also lead the five competitors in relation to the second $20,000. Only one of the five will receive the second $20,000. To earn the bonus, the city with the highest percentage increase in new program participants from available accounts, compared to other cities, will win. They also gain bragging rights as being dubbed the "Greenest Town in the Puget Sound." Each city will determine where its project will be located and how it will be implemented.

As it stands, it may be a photo finish between Snoqualmie and Tumwater. To date, Snoqualmie has increased participation by 1.3%; Tumwater by 1.1%. However, it's still any city's game. The challenge ends on December 31, 2013, leaving five months for Anacortes, Bainbridge Island, or Kirkland to catch up and take the lead. Residents who join the program before September 30 will also be automatically entered into the PSE Solar Sweepstakes.

The "Take Charge Challenge" is a combined effort between the PSE Green Power Program and the cities, as well as local businesses and residents. PSE's voluntary Green Power Program gives PSE electric customers a way to guarantee that some or all of the energy they use is matched with clean, renewable energy sources from the West. All of the renewable energy in PSE's Green Power Program is generated by independent producers of renewable power, and it's separate from those wind resources owned and operated by PSE.

With two participation options, the average PSE residential customers can purchase 100 percent green power for approximately $10 to $12 a month based on their actual usage or buy a specific amount, with a minimum purchase of $4 per month for 320 kilowatt hours (kWh). Additional green power can be bought in increments of $2 for 160 kWh. Business customers can also participate and receive recognition benefits.

For more information about the Take Charge Green Power Challenge, or to sign up for PSE's Green Power Program visit PSE.com/GPChallenge or call a PSE Energy Advisor at     1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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