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Subject:   Sunshine, Wind, Cow Manure Now Part of Seattle Green Power
For Immediate Release:   
3/8/2004  4:32:00 PM
For More Information Contact:
Sharon Bennett (206) 684-3008
Scott Thomsen  (206) 386-4233

Sunshine, Wind, Cow Manure
Now Part of Seattle Green Power

Seattle City Light's Green Power program is now investing its voluntary customer contributions to generate electricity from solar installations,a dairy waste-to-energy project, and small wind turbines. Nearly 4,000City Light customer-subscribers pay a little extra on each utility billto support new sources of renewable energy.

This year, Seattle Green Power will invest up to $36,000 to generate electricity using methane gas recovered from treatment of dairy waste.The Tillamook Oregon project generates about 0.5 MW or 4,000 MWh (4million kWh) of electricity per year and provides environmental benefitsequivalent to taking 363 automobiles off the road annually. Capture andtreatment of dairy waste also helps protect local water resources byreducing pollution from farm waste runoff.

Seattle Green Power is also investing $20,000 of these customer contributions to pay for several small new wind turbines in our state.Completed projects to date include nine solar installations at publicbuildings and schools. To find out more about these projects, an explanation of "Green Tags," and the City of Seattle's "Green Scene," see http://www.seattle.gov/light/Green/greenPower/feedback.asp

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