Letters to the Editor

Whidbey earns energy grant

On behalf of Puget Sound Energy, I would like to express my appreciation to our customers on Whidbey Island and to Mayor Jim Slowik, Mayor Nancy Conard and Mayor Paul Samuelson for supporting PSE’s Green Power Challenge.

Although final results for the challenge will not be confirmed until later, we do know that the minimum goal of a 30 percent increase has been met. Accordingly, Whidbey customers already have earned a $20,000 grant from PSE that the Island County Council of Governments will apply toward a community solar demonstration project. If the 50 percent goal is achieved, then the grant will increase to $25,000.

The Green Power Program helps build solar, wind and biomass energy sources in our region, in addition to and independent of the wind and solar facilities built by PSE — the nation’s second-largest utility owner and operator of wind power.

PSE’s Green Power Program is independently audited and was recognized this week by the U.S. Department of Energy and EPA as a leader in stimulating development of new sources of renewable energy.

It’s great to live in a community that is committed to a sustainable future, and to provide PSE customers with a choice that helps them support their values while increasing the amount of renewable energy available to the grid.

Walt Blackford

PSE Community Services Supervisor

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