Renewable Power


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Renewable power is electricity that is generated from a renewable resource. “Renewable” generally refers to energy generated by a technology:

  • that relies on a renewable fuel source; and
  • whose process generates little or no emissions that cause pollution.

Renewable generation sources include hydroelectric projects, wind, solar, geothermal, tidal, landfill gas and biomass.

The PUD purchases more than 80 percent of its power from the federal Bonneville Power Administration. The great majority of that power is generated by renewable hydroelectric projects in the Columbia River basin – a resource that has provided abundant, affordable energy to the Northwest for more than 75 years.

Customer research surveys have shown consistent support among PUD customers for including renewable resources in the rest of our power supply mix — even if such resources are more expensive than non-renewable power sources.

The PUD’s other renewable power sources are composed of:

  • The Jackson Hydroelectric Project, which uses the force of water to turn turbines that generate electricity. After doing so, that water is treated by the City of Everett to supply most of the drinking water in Snohomish County. The Jackson Project produces an average of about 49 average megawatts per year, enough to serve almost 37,000 homes.
  • The Youngs Creek Hydroelectric Project has an output of about 2.4 aMW and is also located in east Snohomish County.
  • The Woods Creek Hydroelectric Project, an example of a low-impact hydroelectric generating facility, located in east Snohomish County. It produces about 0.5 aMW per year.
  • A 20% share of the Packwood Hydroelectric Project in Packwood, WA. Total project output is approximately 6 to 9 aMW.
  • Purchase of about 2 aMW from the Hampton Lumber Mill biomass facility in Darrington.
  • Three power purchase agreements with Northwest wind projects: White Creek Wind Project in south central Washington, the Wheat Field Wind Project in north central Oregon, and the Hay Canyon Wind Project also in north central Oregon.
  • Klickitat County PUD’s Landfill Gas Project, which converts garbage into methane gas that is used to generate electricity.

The PUD is also exploring tidal and geothermal as potential new resources for our power supply.

Customers wishing to support renewable power can do so directly through our Planet Power program. Our Solar Express Program provides financial incentives for the installation of solar photovoltaic systems or solar hot water systems.

Note: a portion of the PUD's environmental attributes has been sold to fund the utility's renewable energy R&D projects.