New generator helps Bainbridge Island prepare for emergencies


New emergency generator

On February 24, the PSE Foundation joined local leaders at Island Church to dedicate a new high-capacity emergency generator at the church. Island Church was one of four organizations selected to receive the generator grant, which supports PSE Foundation efforts to establish local emergency and warming shelters. The church was selected because of its central location and ability to shelter many people.

This generator would help support Bainbridge citizens in the event of a big winter storm or other emergency, and help them stay warm.

Representatives from PSE Foundation, PSE, Island Church, the City of Bainbridge Island and Kitsap County cut a wide, blue ribbon at the unveiling of the Island Church high-capacity generator.

"Puget Sound Energy Foundation believes preparing our communities is vitally important," said Bob Stolarski, PSE’s director of Customer Energy Management and a PSE Foundation board member. "That’s why we are immensely proud of making this possible for an institution that has it in their hearts to provide disaster relief."

Karen Brubeck, PSE Kitsap County Outreach Manager, speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new, high-capacity Island Church generator.

This project was made possible by a strong partnership between the PSE Foundation, PSE, Island Church, the City of Bainbridge Island and Kitsap County. The PSE Foundation was created in 2006 by Puget Energy to support community-based programs, with a special focus on initiatives that promote public safety, and economic and environmental sustainability in PSE’s service territory. To learn more about the foundation, visit