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Subject:   City Light Takes Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Statement
For Immediate Release:   
10/6/2006  4:00:00 PM
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City Light Takes Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Public invited to provide input to utility on power purchasing

SEATTLE — Seattle City Light will hold an open house and public hearing to take comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 at Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4060, between 5:30-8:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for the public to give the utility feedback about the proposed 20-year power purchasing plan. No formal presentation will be made by the utility. Staff will be available to answer questions.

The City Light power purchasing plan is required under legislation enacted by the state legislature in 2006 that requires utilities to describe "the mix of energy supply resources and conservation that will meet current and future needs at the lowest reasonable cost to the utility and its ratepayers." Utilities must complete their plan by 2008. City Light initiated the process before the legislation was enacted and will update the plan every two years. The IRP evaluates a range of energy resource alternatives that could be developed to meet future energy needs for Seattle between 2007 and 2026. The DEIS looks at the potential environmental impacts if those resources are developed.

Nine alternative resource "portfolios" that could satisfy City Light’s future energy needs have been evaluated in the DEIS. Specifically, the DEIS evaluates how the various power production and conservation portfolios affect air quality and greenhouse gas emissions; soils and geology; surface and ground water; plants and animals; energy and natural resources; environmental health; land use; aesthetics and recreation; cultural resources, and the economy.

"The EIS is just one step in the IRP process. During this Open House we welcome comments from the public about the potential environmental considerations of the Plan. The draft Plan captures the comments we received from the public during round one of the IRP process," says David Clement, Director of IRP. "Our hope is the public will give us specific comments on our environmental assessment of these various energy portfolios."

Public comment will be used to help evaluate the options and further analyze and refine the DEIS and the IRP. Comments also can be submitted by mail or email.

Send to: Corinne Grande, Seattle City Light Environmental Affairs Division
PO Box 34023
Seattle, WA 98124-4023
corinne.grande@seattle.gov

Comments period closes October 18, 2006


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