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The Olympian filed this report on January 1, 2008,

“The city and Puget Sound Energy are challenging residents, businesses and public agencies to buy “green power.”

he Lacey Green Power Challenge is a six-month campaign to increase to 1,000 the number of residents and business customers buying green power from the utility. More than 250 residential and business customers purchased green power as of December.

If successful, the utility, with support from the Bonneville Power Administration, will fund a $20,000 solar energy demonstration project on public property that is yet to be determined.

Homeowners associations can compete, and the one with the highest level of participation will receive a $1,000 grant from PSE for an approved neighborhood project.

All participants will receive green power window decals and coupons from supporting businesses while supplies last.

But the competition is about more than the prizes.

“If each household and business in Lacey purchased just four dollars worth of green power each month, our community would effectively remove 36,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year,” Mayor Virgil Clarkson said in a news release. “According to the experts, that’s equivalent to our residents not driving 79 million miles.”…

Olympia uses green power for its wastewater, stormwater and water systems.

Tumwater will begin purchasing green power this year for its water and wastewater systems.”


Posted by Steve on January 18, 2008 at 6:04 am | Permalink

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