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Subject:   Seattle City Light Seeks Bids for Regional Transmission Capacity
For Immediate Release:   
5/7/2010  2:20:00 PM
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Scott Thomsen  (206) 386-4233


Up to 72 Megawatts on Pacific Northwest Intertie Available for Assignment

SEATTLE — Seattle City Light is seeking bids for some of the transmission capacity it has rights to use on the Pacific Northwest Intertie between the Washington-Oregon border and the California-Oregon border.

City Light holds a capacity ownership share on the intertie that is equal to 3.33 percent of its capacity in both directions. That capacity can be as much as 160 megawatts. The intertie consists of transmission lines owned by the Bonneville Power Administration.

City Light is seeking bids for almost half its transmission capacity share for up to five years.

“The proposed assignment should result in more efficient use of the intertie, which is particularly important for utilities that need to access regional transmission to deliver green, renewable energy,” Director of Power Contracts and Resource Acquisition Robert Cromwell said. “For City Light, it will maximize the value of this asset and reduce rate pressure on our customers.”

A bidder’s conference is scheduled May 11 at 8 a.m. in room 3205 of the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Those who are interested may send an email to paci@seattle.gov to receive participation information. The bid deadline is May 28 at 4 p.m. Pacific.

Seattle City Light is the ninth largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.
 

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