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  • Study: BPA, Northwest Utilities Provide Cleanest Energy in U.S.
    1/21/2020

    Renewable, carbon-free hydropower key to Snohomish County PUD’s 98% carbon free fuel mix

    The Bonneville Power Administration’s hydropower-based system provides Snohomish County PUD and other Pacific Northwest utilities the cleanest energy in the nation, according to a recent study.

    Snohomish County PUD serves 352,000 electric customers and is BPA’s largest customer, receiving more than 82% of its power needs from the federal agency. Based on the Washington State Department of Commerce data for 2018, the PUD’s electricity supply is comprised of nearly 98% carbon-free fuels.

    “The PUD is proud to be a national leader in clean energy,” said PUD CEO/GM John Haarlow. “Renewable and carbon-free hydropower, whether it’s from BPA or PUD-owned and operated hydro facilities, is the backbone of our energy supply and is what allows us to keep our customers and communities energized with low-cost, reliable, environmentally sustainable and safe power.”

    The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) evaluated the country’s 20 largest electric regions on production- and consumption-based emissions from U.S. electricity providers and found BPA’s to be the lowest in the nation. BPA provides about 28% of the electric power used in the Northwest, most of that coming from more than 30 federal hydro projects.

    “(Hydropower) not only meets today’s demand for clean energy but also provides the platform for meeting the region’s future goals by integrating intermittent renewable resources like wind and solar onto our grid,” said Scott Simms, executive director of the Public Power Council, a non-profit organization that represents the interests of consumer-owned utilities.

    Since adopting a climate change policy in 2007, the PUD Board of Commissioners has invested heavily in energy efficiency, renewable energy like wind and solar, and clean energy technologies like battery storage. Those decisions have minimized the PUD’s environmental impact and reduced the percentage of its power supply that is greenhouse gas emitting from 12% in 2008 to 2% a decade later.

    “The PUD was one of the first utilities in the nation to recognize the effects of climate change and implement a policy with the intent to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said PUD Board of Commissioners President Sid Logan. “The guiding principles and strategies outlined in that policy led the PUD to become a national leader in renewable energy.”

    In addition to BPA’s clean energy supply, the PUD has increased its own renewable generation portfolio, energizing a pair of low-impact hydroelectric facilities near North Bend and a 500-kilowatt solar array in Arlington, and renewing contracts with biomass and biodigester facilities in Darrington and Monroe.

    Earlier this month, the PUD kicked off its 2021 Integrated Resource Plan process at its Headquarters in downtown Everett. The PUD has incorporated customer representatives to participate in the futures and scenario development phase of this long-term planning process. Additional customer input will be solicited through surveys and a business customer panel.

    The PUD conducts this comprehensive long-term planning effort every four years with the objective of how the utility can best plan for and meet its customers’ energy needs 20 years into the future. This will be the first IRP to incorporate the state’s Clean Energy Transformation Act, which targets a carbon neutral standard by 2030 and a target of achieving 100% clean energy by 2045. The new state law requires that 3,000 to 4,000 megawatts of baseload coal generation serving the state be retired by 2025.

    For more information about PUD hydro projects, click here.

  • Snohomish PUD Prepared to Respond to Outages in Wake of Storm
    1/15/2020

    Snow and wind could lead to sustained outages in sub-freezing temperatures for PUD customers

    The National Weather Service is calling for heavy snowfall over the next two days and strong easterly winds on Wednesday, increasing the likelihood of tree damage and power outages throughout Snohomish County.

    Snohomish County PUD has crews and supplies prepared for restoration efforts and will be responding to outages throughout the storm. In the wake of Sunday’s snowfall, the PUD has signed a major emergency declaration, allowing the utility to call in additional crew help from other utilities and contractors.

    According to NWS, tonight’s snowfall in Snohomish County is expected to be dense and wet and continue overnight into Wednesday. Strong east to northeast winds are likely to develop Wednesday afternoon and lead to gusts of 35 to 40 mph in Everett and surrounding areas.

    “We prepare all year for storms like this and are ready to continue to deploy crews to all points of our service territory in response to outage reports,” said Snohomish PUD CEO/GM John Haarlow. “Our crews and storm support team members have been working hard to restore power after Sunday’s storm and they will continue to work safely and quickly until every customer is back in power.”

    Since Sunday’s night’s snowstorm, PUD crews have restored power to nearly 44,000 customers and continue to work in the field on restoration efforts. Tonight’s incoming storm could create new challenges and slow efforts, so customers should prepare for potentially lengthy power outages in sub-freezing conditions.

    Customers should charge cell phones and other devices and ensure they have enough food, water, blankets and warm clothes on hand. If they lose power, customers should designate a warmer area with few windows as a primary living area.

    Customers who depend on the PUD to power life-sustaining medical equipment should have a Plan B in case of a lengthy outage. There are multiple locations in Snohomish County that provide overnight shelter when temperatures dip below 32 degrees. For more information, visit www.snohd.org/cold.

    Customer safety is paramount to the PUD. Customers should never try to heat their home using a gas stove or charcoal grill. Always stay at least 30 feet away from any downed power lines and report to 425-783-1001.

    All power outages should be reported to the PUD’s Outage Map or to the PUD’s outage line at 425-783-1001. For more information or tips on storm preparedness, click here.

    Due to this week’s snowy conditions, PUD meter readers have not been able to read the meters on their scheduled routes and customers may receive a bill with an estimate of their electricity usage.

    The PUD’s billing system calculates customer’s estimated electricity consumption based on previous usage. Once the PUD gains access to the customer’s meter, the actual meter read will be evaluated for an adjustment to the customer’s bill. If you have questions about estimated bills, click here.

    Keep updated throughout the storm on restoration efforts on the PUD’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

  • Snohomish County PUD Awards Solar Energy Grants
    1/8/2020

    Organizations promise to ‘pay it forward’ to income-qualified clients

    Two Snohomish County non-profit organizations have been awarded PUD solar energy grants as part of a four-year pilot program to expand solar benefits to income-qualified customers. The grants will generate energy savings that will be directed back into community programs.

    As grant recipients, the Community Resource Center of Stanwood-Camano (CRC) and Everett-based HopeWorks will each receive a combination of bill credits and state incentives based on the energy generated by 417 76-watt solar units in the PUD’s Arlington Community Solar array. It is estimated each organization will receive close to $7,000 a year from the energy generated by their solar units, or nearly $28,000 over the course of the grant.

    “We launched Community Solar in 2019 with the goal of making the benefits of solar energy more accessible,” says Suzy Oversvee, Senior Program Manager. “These grants enable the CRC and HopeWorks to take their energy savings and pay it forward to those they serve in our communities.”

    The grants require each organization demonstrate how it will distribute the savings. One aspect of the CRC’s mission is anti-poverty work. The CRC will use funds generated by its Community Solar units to assist income-qualified clients with energy bill payments.

    “These energy credits help us provide a more holistic approach to alleviating the effects of poverty,” said Joanna Dobbs, CRC Executive Director. “With another revenue source for energy assistance, we can free up funds for other essential services that normally cannot be addressed.”

    HopeWorks will share the energy savings with individuals who complete one of the organization’s 13-week internship programs in landscaping, retail or food services. All funds will go toward energy bills.

    “HopeWorks is excited to partner again with Snohomish County PUD to extend the benefits of solar energy to individuals with limited incomes,” said Ed Petersen, Chief Strategic Officer for HopeWorks. “We love energy and sustainability collaborations that incorporate local households from all economic sectors.”

    The PUD is proud to partner with local communities and organizations to deliver affordable, sustainable, reliable and safe power to all customers. To learn more about the PUD’s Community Solar program, click here.

    The PUD also recently streamlined its Income-Qualified Assistance application. To learn more about current qualifications and resources available, click here.

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