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Subject:   Seattle's Energy Future: Talk to Seattle City Light and help plan for Seattle's future power resource mix
For Immediate Release:   
7/10/2006  3:00:00 PM
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David Clement: (206)684-3564


Seattle's Energy Future:
Talk to Seattle City Light and help plan for Seattle's future power resource mix


SEATTLE- Seattle's electricity needs are expected to increase by about 27% in the next 20 years. Seattle City Light is asking citizens for help in developing an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), a long-term roadmap for meeting power needs. You can make your voice heard at a planning meeting on Tuesday, July 18 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue. Please see attached information.

City Light planners are studying a wide range of potential electric resource "portfolios." Each portfolio has its own set of advantages, risks, costs, and environmental impacts. The Utility is asking citizens to comment on the portfolios. The information gathered during this public process will help to refine and to narrow down the options City Light will recommend to the Mayor and City Council later this year.

"As a publicly-owned utility, Seattle City Light wants its customers to be involved with shaping the utility's resource future, " said City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco. "We need to know what's important to the community and to include their views in our evaluation of the resource alternatives. Our ratepayers have entrusted us with careful stewardship of their financial and physical resources and we will be good stewards."

This is the second public meeting in Round 1 of the IRP process. The public will have additional opportunities to comment on the resource plan during Round 2 of the IRP process and during preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the plan. Comments received will help in preparing a recommendation that goes to the Mayor and Council later this year. City Light will re-visit the IRP every two years to update information and evaluate alternatives.

More information on the Integrated Resource Plan is available at http://www.cityofseattle.net/light/news/issues/irp/.

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