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1-spadaAlready a water utility, Snohomish County PUD began operating as an electric utility on September 1, 1949, providing public power to Snohomish County and Camano Island in Washington state. Snohomish County PUD is the second largest publicly owned utility in the Pacific Northwest and the twelfth largest in the nation in terms of customers served. Along with power generation from the Henry M. Jackson Hydroelectric Project, a 112-megawatt facility, the PUD also owns a cogeneration facility on the Everett waterfront that burns wood for fuel.

The Henry M. Jackson Hydroelectric Project, which began operating in 1984. Water from Spada Lake flows through a tunnel/ pipeline before reaching the powerhouse on the Sultan River, downstream from the dam.After traveling through the turbine-generators at the powerhouse, most of the water goes back into the river. Some of it flows to Lake Chaplain where it becomes part of the water supply. Water from Lake Chaplain is distributed to nearly two-thirds of Snohomish County’s population or is used to maintain proper water flows for fish populations in the Sultan River.

As part of its climate change policy, the PUD is increasingly looking to green energy sources to meet customer demand in the future. For decades, the Northwest has benefited from clean, renewable hydroelectric power, which uses no fossil fuels and produces no emissions. The PUD is now considering a range of other environmentally-friendly energy options, including tidal power, biomass, biogas, geothermal energy, wind and solar power.

This PUD offers quite a number of programs to encourage customers into energy conservation:
* Incentive Loan Program
* Weatherization Loans
* Appliance Rebate Program
* Build With ENERGY STAR
* CFL Program
* Low Income Housing Improvement Program
* Recycle Fridge/Freezer
* Special CFL Fixtures
* Multi-Family Conservation Incentives
* Ductless Heat Pump Pilot Program
* Cash Incentives

canoeThe PUD funds the Energy Matchmaker Program, which partners with the Washington State Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development to weatherize electrically heated low-income residences in Snohomish County. The program also funds water-saving low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs).

Environmental commitments include:

* The Endangered Species Act – Their environmental coordinators protect, manage and enhance the fish habitats in the Sultan Basin area surrounding the Jackson Hydroelectric Project.
* The Marysville School Solar Project
* Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF) Research – provides factual and up-to-date scientific information about power-line EMF and human health.
* Water Quality Improvements and Water Conservation

Now if we could only get all the rest of the big power companies to adjust their mind-sets to the eco-future mode that the Snohomish County PUD has embraced, then what a greener world this would be.

Big thanks to Lissof for the heads up on this green company!

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  1. Says:

    Big Green Power and Water | Forced Green…

    As part of its climate change policy, the PUD is increasingly looking to green energy sources to meet customer demand in the future….

  2. Shane Says:

    I really appreciate info on companies that are trying to truly make a difference. I get a lot of backlash from people who think it is all about the bottom line.

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  3. Linda Says:

    Hi Shane … Sometimes it is about the bottom line. However, who’s to say the bottom line cannot be green? This is what happens when folks fight change. Hang in there!

  4. Barbara Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Another excellent post here. We do have some very good programs here in Washington. As far as rates go, and our weather helping keep us “green” most of the time, you would think we would have the cheapest rates in the nation. Not the case. In fact,almost every Spring we at least here talk about “drought”. Maybe it is just to keep us conserving our precious resources.

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  5. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … Maybe so on the drought and conservation but I gotta say, your part of the woods is way ahead of most states!

  6. Lissof Says:

    As a result of political and popular pressure more utilities will be “ForcedGreen”, Visit you local utility web site to leave messages that the consumer desires green energy sources, check for rebate and incentive programs they offer(if possible part take of the offers) and do not forget April is “Earth Day” month, many utilities offer educational programs on alternative/renewable energies, for young and old alike. Take part in community Earth Day celebrations, invite family, friends and neighbors to join in, find out what “green footprint” you can leave for others to follow.

  7. Shauna Says:

    Great post – I feel really positive that more companies and businesses are going green.

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Lissof … Thanks for the upbeat message but not all utilities are as up to date as yours. Many of us will do what we can in our respective cities and hope that we can get some of the opportunities available to us.

  9. Linda Says:

    Hi Shauna … I do too and we will get there, we all have to work at it.

  10. Samantha Says:

    I hope that people will learn to conserve not because of forced but because they understand what ethically they should do….and conserving water just by doing little things can be a great way to start.

  11. Linda Says:

    Hi Samantha … That is my hope as well. Thanks for coming by.

  12. wilson Says:

    Linda, the scenery is very breathtaking and it proves that a water dam have the potential to become a great reservoir!

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  13. Linda Says:

    Hi Wilson … Yes, it is beautiful in Washington state and they had done wonders with their energy projects.

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