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Subject:   Seattle City Light Expands Powerful Neighborhoods Pilot Program
For Immediate Release:   
7/1/2010  4:46:00 PM
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Scott Thomsen  (206) 386-4233


Successful South Seattle Energy Efficiency Program Adding More Services

SEATTLE A pilot program to install compact fluorescent light bulbs, water-saving devices and smoke detectors door-to-door in South Seattle homes has been so effective that Seattle City Light is adding new energy- and water-saving services to the existing program.

The Powerful Neighborhoods project targets senior citizens, low-income residents, and non-English speaking households for help improving their energy efficiency. Nearly half of participants served so far do not use English as their primary language.

The project is being paid for with $500,000 of federal stimulus package money and about $1.2 million from City Light. The utility estimates the energy savings will amount to about 2.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year for every 5,000 homes served.

Reporters are invited to join City Councilmember Bruce Harrell and City Light staff for an update on the program during a training session on the new services for the community-based workers performing the installations. The event will take place Thursday, July 8, at 1:30 p.m. in the large meeting room at the Rainier Beach Library, 9125 Rainier Ave. S.

WHAT: Expansion of Powerful Neighborhoods Pilot Program

WHY: Help seniors, low-income residents and non-English speaking households to increase their energy efficiency and water savings.

WHO: City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, City Light staff, installers

WHEN: Thursday, July 8, at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Rainier Beach Library, large meeting room, 9125 Rainier Ave. S

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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