Snohomish County Public Utility District No. 1

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Green Blocks

Schedule 80

This schedule is available in all territory served by the PUD for all non-residential customers.


This schedule is one of two optional rate schedules(1) that provide customers with the voluntary option to purchase Qualified Alternative Energy Resources, as required by R.C.W. Chapter 19.29A. A Qualified Alternative Energy Resource includes any energy production facility powered by renewable technology such as wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, landfill gas, gas produced from wastewater treatment, wave action, low-impact hydro, or other renewable technologies generally accepted by the Northwest environmental community and meeting the definition of “Qualified Alternative Energy Resource” in R.C.W. § 19.29A.090(3).

Service under this schedule is provided through Renewable Energy Credits obtained by the PUD either through its own supply of Renewable Energy Credits or through a clearinghouse or other system which secures the verifiable evidence that a third party has produced electricity from a Qualified Alternative Energy Resource and that such third party agrees to transfer credit from such production exclusively to the PUD.

The purchasing customer shall have the right to claim the associated Renewable Energy Credits to the extent allowed under applicable law. A purchasing customer may not resell or otherwise transfer the Renewable Energy Credits to any other party for any purpose.

Any non-residential customer may purchase Green Blocks from the PUD in one of the ways described in the PUD’s current customer service information. Charges for Green Blocks will be included as a separate charge on the customer’s bill and shall start immediately upon the customer’s request to purchase them.

The PUD will transfer a Customer’s recurring Green Blocks enrollment when a customer moves within the territory served by the PUD; however, a Customer may discontinue service under this schedule at any time.

One Green Block consists of the environmental credits associated with 1000 kWh of electrical energy generated by Qualified Alternative Energy Resource. An unlimited number of Green Blocks can be purchased at a cost of $3.00 per month each. For the first billing cycle that the customer is on the program, the charges will be prorated to reflect the amount of time the customer received service under this schedule. Subsequently, the monthly charge will be the same every month and will continue until the customer cancels participation in the program, requests a change in the number of Green Blocks requested, or leaves the PUD. If any of these circumstances should occur, charges will be prorated to reflect the amount of time the customer received service under this schedule.

Alternatively, any non-residential customer may make a one-time purchase of Green Blocks. Under this option, a minimum of 5 Green Blocks must be purchased but above that, purchase of partial Green Blocks is allowed; the one-time charge will occur on one bill. 

Base rates and other terms of electric service shall be governed by the Rate Schedule under which the customer takes ordinary services. This Rate Schedule does not provide electric service or electric power. Charges specified under this Rate Schedule are in addition to the charges specified in the Rate Schedule under which the customer takes its basic electricity service.

The Billing provisions of the PUD’s Customer Service Regulations apply with the following modifications.

A. If the customer remits a partial payment, that payment shall first be applied to all other charges due the PUD with any residual payment amount applied to charges for Green Blocks.

B. If a customer does not pay for their Green Blocks charges, the PUD shall immediately discontinue selling Green Blocks to that customer.

[1] Schedule 81 is the other optional rate schedule that provides the customer with the voluntary option to purchase Qualified Alternative Energy Resources.


Effective Date: July 1, 2013