PSE opens second round of Green Direct program

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Puget Sound Energy is expanding its innovative renewable energy product, Green Direct, to allow participants the ability to purchase 100 percent of their energy from dedicated, local, renewable energy resources. PSE’s second round offering of the Green Direct project will be a blend of wind and solar, with the solar project being the largest ever built in the state at over 120 megawatts. It is fully subscribed.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) approved the second round offering of the PSE’s Green Direct program to allow more customers to take advantage of the offering. The first round, a wind project in Western Washington, was fully subscribed in 2017.

“We can have a bigger impact on the environment when we work in unison,” said Kimberly Harris, president and CEO of Puget Sound Energy. “The power of partnership is the key driver of PSE’s Green Direct program; it’s also essential to the success of PSE’s plan to reduce our carbon footprint by 50 percent by 2040. We believe in a better energy future for our state. Together, we can make that vision a reality.”

Green Direct’s solar project will be located in south-central Washington. The solar project is expected to come on line in 2021 and customers will begin taking delivery of renewable energy at that time.

Customers in the second round offering include six agencies from the state of Washington, including Labor & Industries, Department of Social and Health Services, Department of Ecology, Washington State Patrol, Department of Health, and Washington Department of Transportation.

“The executive order I signed in January requires these state agencies to take significant steps to reduce greenhouse gases through their operations, and I am pleased to see that we are stepping up to the challenge and reducing emissions across state government,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “Today, we are doing this is by purchasing clean, renewable energy from projects built right here in Washington state. Not only does this get us closer to meeting our emissions reduction goals, but it will also save us money over the long term.”

Permitting is underway for Green Direct’s wind project, and it is scheduled to begin operation in 2019. Those partners include Starbucks, REI, Target, Sound Transit, Western Washington University, King County, and municipalities of, Anacortes, Bellevue, Snoqualmie and Mercer Island.

By switching to renewable power through PSE’s Green Direct program, the Port of Seattle projects will reduce airport carbon emissions from electricity by 28 percent and reduce airport-wide greenhouse gas emissions by five percent.

“The Green Direct program significantly contributes to the Port’s recently adopted greenhouse gas reduction goals,” said Elizabeth Leavitt, Port of Seattle senior director, Environment and Sustainability.  “We are proud to partner with others to expand the demand for renewable energy that will benefit the climate and green energy economy.”

While Green Direct is targeted for our commercial and government customers, residential customers can support renewable energy with PSE programs like Green Power, Solar Choice and Customer Connected Solar. These offerings are part of PSE’s strategy to reduce its own carbon footprint 50 percent by 2040 while helping our customers do their part in creating a better energy future.

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