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  • Snohomish PUD Awarded $3.5 Million from State Clean Energy Fund
    8/17/2016

    Innovative Arlington Microgrid & Technology Center

    Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) will receive $3.5 million in matching funds from the Washington Clean Energy Fund. The funding, announced this week by Washington Governor Jay Inslee, will provide support for engineering and construction work to demonstrate new energy technologies including energy storage, a microgrid system, small-scale renewable energy and an electric “vehicle to grid” system. This project will show how all of these technologies can work together to improve grid resiliency, disaster recovery and renewable energy integration. Design and construction is scheduled for the 2017-2019 timeframe.

    The Arlington Microgrid and Clean Energy Technology Center also will include a visitor center to educate students, teachers and the community about these emerging energy technologies. In the wake of the Cascadia Rising earthquake exercise, local agencies will be able to learn how these technologies can be used to provide electricity to critical infrastructure, which provide support to the public during disaster recovery.

    The PUD will partner with both the public and private sectors, as well as academia, to use the facility as a demonstration and learning tool for a variety of stakeholders.

    The grant to the PUD was one of five from the Clean Energy Fund, totaling $12.6 million. Other utilities awarded were Avista, Seattle City Light, Orcas Power and Light and Energy Northwest.

    “With these awards, our leading utilities will demonstrate how to integrate battery storage with solar energy and stand-alone energy systems, train the workforce to build and maintain these systems and lead the industry into the clean energy future,” Gov. Inslee said.

    “This vital support from the state allows us to better demonstrate how microgrids are the logical next step in integrating renewable energy and energy storage into the electrical grid, while driving ever increasing levels of resiliency and reliability,” said PUD CEO/General Manager Craig Collar. “It’s another example of how Washington has emerged as a leader in these important areas.”

    The Arlington project complements other work by the PUD to advance energy storage technology. This fall, it will install an energy storage system at a second Everett, Wash., substation. Its overall goal is to transform the marketplace and make energy storage economically and operationally viable within the energy industry. The approach is much different than past energy storage projects and will help solve the changing needs of today’s electrical grid, which depends more on intermittent resources such as wind and solar.

  • PUD Reminds You to Set Your Water Heater at a Safe Temperature
    8/15/2016

    Be Safe, Save Energy!

    The PUD advises you to set your home water heater no higher than 120 degrees. This temperature setting reduces the risk of accidental scalding, especially to children and the elderly. It also saves energy and helps reduce your utility bill.

    To set the temperature, turn the water heater off at the circuit breaker panel or fuse box, remove the face plates on the tank that cover each element, and use a screwdriver to turn the temperature control dial to “120.”  If you feel you can’t handle this task safely, contact an electrician.

    Sometimes 120 degrees isn’t hot enough to activate detergents or dissolve greasy food in automatic dishwashers.  Manufacturers recommend using a liquid dishwashing detergent.  Many newer models also have a water heating option that boosts the temperature in the appliance.

    Check Furnace Filters

    With fall weather on the horizon, it’s a great time to check your furnace filter and change it if needed. During heating months, check the air filters every month. By replacing dirty filters, you'll improve your air quality as well as save energy. Buying multi-packs of filters is a good way to be sure that you have one on hand when you need it.

    For other energy-saving tips and information, click here or call the Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700.

     

  • Don’t Miss Out on PUD Deals for Weatherization, Lighting & Appliances
    8/11/2016

    Get Efficient!

    Take advantage of Snohomish County PUD incentives to save money on energy bills and improve your home’s comfort! Some incentives end or change after September, so act now!  Heating and weatherization programs are available only for electrically heated homes.

    Weatherization & Heating Incentives

    The best incentive levels for these projects are available through Sept. 30. Upgrades from single-pane to double-pane windows carry an incentive of $6 per square foot. Heat pump incentives up to $1,500 also are available ($800 for ductless). In addition, the PUD provides incentives for upgrading the insulation level in your home’s attic, floor, wall and ducts. For more information, ciick here.

    Glass double-pane metal frame
    to double-pane
    $6.00 / sq. ft.
    Incentive ends 9/30/16
    Heat pumps, ducted –
    air source conversion
    Currently $1,500
    Changes to $1,000 on 10/1/16
    Heat pumps – geothermal Currently $2,000
    Changes to $1,500 on 10/1/16
    Heat pumps – geothermal with
    dedicated hot water line
    Currently $2,500
    Changes to $1,500 on 10/1/16
    Ductless heat pumps Currently $800
    Changes to $600 on 10/1/16

     

    More Efficient Lighting

    The PUD continues to offer discounts on LED bulbs at a network of local retailers. More and more consumers are turning to LEDs, which are highly efficient and last up to 20 years. For local retailers, click here

    Smart Rewards: Incentives for Efficiency

    The PUD has expanded its program for efficient appliances. Customers can now receive home efficiency kits and monetary rewards for purchasing qualifying clothes washers, dryers, refrigerators and freezers. Receipts may be easily submitted via desktop or mobile device to participate in the Smart Rewards program. To learn more about qualifications, compare appliance models and other details, click here.

    For more program details and qualifications, visit www.snopud.com or call the PUD Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

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