How do we create a better energy future together? It takes being active in the community, pushing to constantly innovate and committing to doing what's right every time. Throughout Washington, in communities like Bainbridge Island, Kingston and Anacortes, customers like you are supporting countless projects that help us do exactly that.
The transition from coal
With the retirements of Colstrip Units 1 and 2 no later than July 2022 and the shutdown of the Centralia Power Plant in 2025, PSE will be nearly coal-free and on the path to 100 percent coal-free by the early 2030s.
New product resource and development
Our customers count on us for reliable and safe energy. We provide one-third of all of the electric and gas energy in our state—powering more than 1.5 million homes and businesses. For years, we’ve been leading the way to cleaner, more affordable energy, from hydro power to the three large wind farms we built in Washington state. We’re the third largest utility owner of wind generation in the U.S. and we have one of the largest energy efficiency programs in the nation.
Now, we're making strategic investments that will bring more wind to commercial and governmental customers through our Green Direct program.
If we are going to have a better energy future in our state, we have to address transportation. In Washington, 43 percent of our carbon emissions come from transportation. Our state currently has a goal of 50,000 electric vehicles on our roadways by 2020. PSE has been supporting the market growth of electric vehicles and stands ready to do more. At the same time, we have to think of the whole picture and consider commercial and industrial transportation uses.
We have the opportunity to significantly reduce emissions with cleaner alternatives to diesel and other fuels. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is one such fuel, reducing harmful pollutants in the air and water by more than 90 percent over diesel. The maritime and land-based transportation industries are continuing to convert their fleets to burn LNG instead of diesel and our LNG facility in Tacoma will help with that transition.
It will take all of us
As you know, our customers and communities care as deeply about climate change and the environment as we do. Your continued care, support and enthusiasm are absolutely essential for success. We also have simple and concrete actions for you to make a difference in your daily lives—from energy efficient lighting and appliances to solar, carbon reduction and other renewable power programs.
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Green Power: Through a small additional payment you choose to have added to your monthly energy bill, we buy clean energy on your behalf from independent producers in the Northwest. This commitment makes it possible for local energy innovators in wind, solar, landfill gas and agricultural and food waste to secure funding to bring new renewable generation to the market – funding that would otherwise not be available to these local innovators. Visit pse.com/greenpower to learn more and sign up.
Solar Choice: Through a month-to-month solar subscription you buy solar renewable energy credits from new, independent solar producers located in the Northwest. For as little as $5, you can match a portion of your power usage with renewable energy from solar producers in Washington or Idaho. Visit pse.com/solarchoice to learn more and sign up.