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PSE’s Green Direct program expands with WUTC approval

The second offering of Green Direct expands to accommodate additional customers

BELLEVUE, Wash. (Dec. 5, 2018) –With the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission’s approval, Puget Sound Energy will be able to increase capacity of the second phase of Green Direct to allow additional customers to participate in the program. As we announced back on Oct. 16, the program has been fully subscribed and will take energy from the largest solar project built in the state.

 

“We are thankful to the commission for recognizing the demands of our customers for more renewable energy options,” said Will Einstein, PSE director of Product Development and Growth. “By increasing the capacity of Green Direct, we will be able to help more customers achieve their long-term carbon goals.”

 

PSE mapWith the WUTC approval to increase the capacity of Green Direct from 75 aMW to 85 aMW, customers like Amazon, University of Washington Bothell and the Issaquah School District are now signed on to participate.

 

“Environmental sustainability has been a driving force throughout University of Washington Bothell’s evolution,” said Tony Guerrero, UW Bothell associate vice chancellor for Facilities Services and Campus Operations. “Getting 100 percent of our energy from local, renewable sources when we begin our 31st year in 2021 supports our commitment to keep our campus purple, gold and green.”

Issaquah School District is the first school district in PSE’s service area to join the program.

 

“The program, which enables us to purchase electricity from PSE that is 100% carbon free, aligns with the District’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship,” said Issaquah School District Spokesperson L. Michelle. This program will certainly help us achieve our sustainability goals and enhance our ability to operate our facilities in an environmentally efficient and responsible way.”

 

Sound Transit, which is already signed up for Phase 1, will also be able to do another 2.8 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy as a participant in Phase 2. 

 

“When we use green energy to power green transportation, we are doubling down on making our region more sustainable,” said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff.

The expansion also allows T-Mobile to power more than just its headquarters with renewable energy. It means the wireless provider will be able to power all of T-Mobile’s accounts served by PSE – more than 640 sites in total – with 100% local renewable energy by 2021.

Green Direct Phase 1 customers:

  • City of Anacortes
  • City of Bellevue
  • City of Bellingham
  • City of Issaquah
  • City of Lacey
  • City of Mercer Island
  • City of Olympia
  • City of Snoqualmie
  • City of Tumwater
  • City of Langley
  • City of Kirkland
  • King County
  • Port of Seattle
  • REI
  • Sound Transit
  • Starbucks
  • State of Washington Capitol Campus
  • Target
  • Western Washington University
  • Whatcom County

 

Green Direct Phase 2 customers:

  • Bellevue College
  • City of Bellevue Utilities
  • City of Issaquah
  • City of Kent
  • City of Redmond
  • Kaiser Permanente of Washington
  • Port of Bellingham
  • Providence St. Joseph Health
  • T-Mobile
  • Walmart
  • Washington Department of Transportation
  • Washington Dept. of Ecology
  • Washington Dept. of Health
  • Washington Dept. of Labor & Industries
  • Washington Dept. of Social & Health Services
  • Washington State Patrol
  • Amazon*
  • University of Washington Bothell*
  • Sound Transit*
  • Issaquah School District*

*Customers added as a result of Phase 2 expansion

 

Media Contact:

Janet Kim, 888-831-7250, janet.kim@pse.com

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We’re the state’s largest utility, supporting 1.1 million electric customers and 825,000 natural gas customers.

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