Green Power Report - Fall 2013 

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Program Highlights

2013 has been a big year for our program! We have conducted five city challenges and celebrated some of our past community challenge efforts. Here are some highlights:

Mayor Bruce Bassett of Mercer Island accepts the EPA Green Power Community of the Year award in Austin, Texas. Mayor Bruce Bassett of Mercer Island accepts the EPA Green Power Community of the Year award in Austin, Texas.

Mayor Bruce Bassett of Mercer Island accepts the EPA Green Power Community of the Year award in Austin, Texas.

Installation begins for an 8.2 KW solar project at Timberland Regional Library in Olympia. Installation begins for an 8.2 KW solar project at Timberland Regional Library in Olympia.

Installation begins for an 8.2 KW solar project at Timberland Regional Library in Olympia.

Top customer service agents from PSE's Access Center tour the Farm Power bio-digester facility in Rexville. Top customer service agents from PSE's Access Center tour the Farm Power bio-digester facility in Rexville.

Top customer service agents from PSE's Access Center tour the Farm Power bio-digester facility in Rexville.

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Green Power Market Report:
Northwest Green Power Programs lead charge to grow green energy sector

A new report by the Renewable Northwest Project states that customer participation in our region's utility green power programs has continued to grow in the past few years, despite the recession.

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Solar Sweepstakes Winners

We are ready to announce the 2013 Solar Sweepstakes winner!

Follow us on Facebook for the big reveal in the next few weeks »

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Rewards Program Update:
Don't miss out on great deals around the Sound

Last winter we introduced the mobile version of Green Power Rewards and are thrilled to see so many of you are redeeming the coupons. It is good for you and great for the businesses you are supporting. Thank you!

For those of you who have not yet tried it, don't forget the coupons are exclusively from green powered businesses throughout PSE's service territory – so you know when you shop there you are supporting a like-minded enterprise. See the full list of participating businesses here – and watch for updates through the application. If you do not have your code, email us and we will send it to you in time for holiday shopping.

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Community Challenge Update:
Stakes rising in "Take Charge" Green Power Challenge

Green Power Challenge Graphic Green Power Challenge Graphic

This year, residents and businesses in Anacortes, Bainbridge Island, Kirkland, Snoqualmie and Tumwater are competing to walk away with $40,000 from PSE's Green Power Program to install a solar demonstration project in their town.

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Green Power Business Profile:
Lula Ruby helps bring out the beauty of green power

Lula Ruby of Lula Ruby Organic Salon. Lula Ruby of Lula Ruby Organic Salon.

Lula Ruby, an Organic Salon in Snoqualmie, likes to keep things natural, comfortable, and beautiful. The salon delivers on that mission through exceptional customer service, hair artistry, and product selections that are free of harsh chemicals and strong unnatural scents. "Healthy hair is beautiful hair," says owner, Angela Favero.  "There is no need to expose client's hair to anything unnatural. In fact, doing so is often quite damaging to hair's natural beauty."

An 18 year veteran of the hair care industry, it wasn't until the birth of her son Kingston that Angela became committed to organic hair care. "It meant simply a healthier, alternative approach." After moving to the Snoqualmie Valley she realized there was an opportunity to run a sustainable, organic salon that would provide clients and staff with a healthier, "greener" option.

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Solar Demonstration Project Profile:
Mercer Island: National award winner and home to impressive solar project

Mercer Island solar project. Mercer Island solar project.

Mercer Island "Gets Green" is more than a moniker for the 2012 community challenge; it is also a testament to their dedication and support for renewable energy in our region. Last year the community teamed with PSE's Green Power program to manage a highly successful challenge, resulting in the island nearly doubling the campaign goal. As a result, the community was awarded a $35,000 grant to install a solar array at the Community and Events Center.

Armed with the award, the Mercer Island Solar Guild stepped in to raise funds from residents and increase the size of the demonstration project. The resulting 4.4 KW Washington-made system is impressive and eye-catching.

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Green Power by the Numbers (as of Oct. 31, 2013)

​Top Five Cities by Residential Participation Top Five Cities by Commercial Participation
Olympia – 5,121 Kirkland - 2,301 Bellingham - 139 Bainbridge Island - 25
Bellingham - 4,585 Redmond - 1,405 Olympia - 81 Langley - 21
Bellevue - 2,459 Vashon - 26​

Green Power Participation
1,031 Businesses
37,665 Residents
38,696 Total

Total kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power purchased
January to December 2012:

307,818,625 – up 2.5 percent from the same period in 2012. Thank you!

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PSE's Green Power Program is Green-e Energy Certified

Green-e Energy certifies that PSE's Green Power Program meets the minimum environmental and consumer protection standards established by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions. For more information on Green-e Energy certification requirements, call 1-888-63-GREEN or log on to green-e.org.