Fast facts about Thurston County and PSE

Evergreen State College entrance sign
PSE’s RCM Program helped Evergreen State College cut
electricity use by 15% and natural gas use by 11%.
  • PSE grant helped Evergreen State College fund a resource conservation manager to reduce energy usage through low-cost/no-cost measures.
  • PSE grants helped the state of Washington modernize its lighting and heating systems in downtown Olympia’s historic Old Capitol Building. The work is saving taxpayers thousands of dollars in energy costs.
  • PSE was voted 2011 Economic Development Council corporate employer of the year in Thurston County.
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  • We recently awarded the LOTT (Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Thurston County) Alliance a $1.7 million conservation grant to install a co-generation system at its Budd Inlet Treatment Plant to produce energy and heat from the methane gas released during the wastewater treatment process.
  • 132 customer-owned, renewable-energy systems are connected to our grid in Thurston County, representing 646 kW of power-generation capacity.
  • By taking advantage of our energy-efficiency programs, you and your neighbors have prevented more than 3.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
  • Since 2002, we have granted more than $1 million to St. Peter Hospital for their energy conservation efforts, resulting in more than 450,000 kWh electric and 145,000 therm savings.
  • Together with our employees we have made contributions of time, money and food to Thurston County food banks.
  • In the last year, our Home Energy Lifeline Program (HELP) has provided $1.23 million to assist 3,400 eligible low income customers in Thurston County pay their energy bills. We also helped to raise $49,000 for the Salvation Army Warm Home Fund, helping 270 Thurston County families pay their energy bills.
  • We have invested more than $15 million in energy efficiency programs in Thurston County over the last five years.
  • In 2011, we teamed with the cities of Olympia and Lacey, Intercity Transit and Thurston Energy to challenge local residents and businesses to ‘Flip the Switch to Green Power’ to increase enrollment in the program. In recognition of meeting the goal, the cities of Olympia and Lacey received a combined $30,000 in grants to fund community solar projects in the two cities.
  • Our Renewable Energy Education Program (formerly the Solar Schools Program) has provided grants to fund the installation of four educational solar projects in Thurston County at Griffin Elementary School, Marshall Middle School, Washington Middle School and the Capitol Building.
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Commercial Solar Array in Tumwater49.4 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of Fairchild Record Search’s commercial building in Tumwater, Washington. System installed by South Sound Solar, Inc.