The City of Snoqualmie recently announced that by 2019, its facilities will operate on green power as part of a Puget Sound Energy (PSE) initiative.
The City Council approved a 15-year renewable energy agreement with PSE’s Green Direct Program, a new option for government and large-commercial power users in Washington. That power will be bought from a new wind farm to be developed in the state.
Via press release Mayor Larson said, “We were very excited at the opportunity to power all city facilities with green power -even more so because it may save us funds compared to the standard future options. We applaud PSE’s efforts to grow a collaborative new wind project, both reducing climate emissions and developing an asset that contributes to stable, low energy rates.”
Several other Washington cities have joined the Green Direct Program, including Anacortes, Bellevue, and Mercer Island, as well as government entities such as Western Washington University, Sound Transit, and King County. Commercial customers include Target, Starbucks, and REI.
The City of Snoqualmie is also a member of the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) – a consortium between 13 regional cities and King County tasked with reducing climate pollution – which has also sought to partner with PSE to develop additional green power alternatives in Washington.
Many K4C partners committed to a goal of 90% renewable energy for their communities, including government operations, by 2030. The city says the Green Direct Program is an important step toward this goal and builds on PSE’s growing investments in renewable energy sources and Seattle City Light’s existing carbon neutral energy portfolio.
[The King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) is a climate consortium of King County and the cities of Bellevue, Burien, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Normandy Park, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Seattle, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, and Tukwila.]