Green Power Report

Summer 2016

Survey results

Thank you to everyone who took the “What Rewards You” survey. I was thrilled to see over 1700 responses. It is gratifying to see high participant engagement and I want to assure you, your opinions and suggestions are already helping shape the program.

What we learned

The competitive pricing of cleaner power is thanks to several reasons. Political policy has played a major role in bolstering the industry. Without supportive policy independent investment in research and development is less attractive. And these investments are beginning to pay off.

With your guidance, we’ve decided to retire Green Power Rewards. Many respondents said they’d rather direct coupon program resources to expand the use of renewable energy. In the coming year, PSE will explore different ways to do so, including the possibility of expanding solar grants to communities.

In the meantime, please use your coupons – they expire at the end of February

 

Updated welcome kit

We are also making changes to our new participant welcome kit. The new kit will include a list of nearby green power businesses. On the outside we’ll add an alert about the enclosed window cling to make

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Same price, more power

The green energy industry is booming in Washington and throughout the U.S. High demand and technological efficiencies have helped to drive down costs of wind and solar, including for participants in PSE Green Power. As of September, for every $2 you spend you get 200 kilowatt-hours of clean energy. That’s up from 150 kilowatt-hours for $2.

Now it’s less expensive than ever to match 100 percent of your power with green energy. Click here if you are in our block program and want to upgrade to match all of your usage.

  

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Wind farm helps fund conservation

 

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Swauk Wind uses proceeds from the sale of renewable energy to fund habitat restoration and land conservation initiatives in Cle Elum.

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Bigger bang for blended power

It’s hard to believe that at one point wind power was considered an experimental source of energy – but it was. It was also more expensive than electrifying with traditional sources. Like all new ideas and technologies the first iterations are usually costly and time consuming. Today, thanks to early adopters like you, well-situated wind power can be cost-competitive with many traditional sources of energy.

This understanding of the economics is why PSE Green Power supports a blend of clean energy resources. With lower cost wind in our portfolio we can afford to look at other, more costly but promising technologies like solar, biogas from dairy farms and landfills.

Benefits beyond the power

These next generation technologies bring more than just kilowatts. Operators at biogas projects are capturing gas that would normally be released into the atmosphere. Instead the gas is turned into energy and greenhouse gas emissions are significantly reduced.

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Same price, more power

The green energy industry is booming in Washington and throughout the U.S. High demand and technological efficiencies have helped to drive down costs of wind and solar, including for participants in PSE Green Power. As of September, for every $2 you spend you get 200 kilowatt-hours of clean energy. That’s up from 150 kilowatt-hours for $2.

Now it’s less expensive than ever to match 100 percent of your power with green energy. Click here if you are in our block program and want to upgrade to match all of your usage.

  

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Wind farm helps fund conservation

 

Facebook Twitter Pinterest add this

Swauk Wind uses proceeds from the sale of renewable energy to fund habitat restoration and land conservation initiatives in Cle Elum.

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Bigger bang for blended power,

 

It’s hard to believe that at one point wind power was considered an experimental source of energy – but it was. It was also more expensive than electrifying with traditional sources. Like all new ideas and technologies the first iterations are usually costly and time consuming. Today, thanks to early adopters like you, well-situated wind power can be cost-competitive with many traditional sources of energy.

This understanding of the economics is why PSE Green Power supports a blend of clean energy resources. With lower cost wind in our portfolio we can afford to look at other, more costly but promising technologies like solar, biogas from dairy farms and landfills.

Benefits beyond the power

These next generation technologies bring more than just kilowatts. Operators at biogas projects are capturing gas that would normally be released into the atmosphere. Instead the gas is turned into energy and greenhouse gas emissions are significantly reduced.

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