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Subject:   Helping the environment never tasted so good
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4/2/2007  1:30:00 PM
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Helping the environment never tasted so good
Join Green Up today to promote renewable power, receive organic chocolate, coffee


SEATTLE - Seattle City Light customers have an opportunity to promote the use of clean, renewable energy and taste the success of “Greening Up” their power.

Green Up is a City Light program that allows customers to invest in the development of new renewable energy sources, such as wind power, geothermal and biomass energy. While supplies last, customers who join Green Up or increase their existing participation will receive a 12 ounce bag of organic coffee from local roasters Batdorf and Bronson and a 2 ounce organic chocolate bar from Dagoba Chocolate. A marketing campaign to encourage signups starts today on Seattle-area television and radio stations.

By adding $3 a month to their electricity bills, Green Up participants can take credit for buying enough renewable energy to cover 25 percent of an average residential customer’s usage. A $6 premium covers 50 percent of the average residential usage, and $12 a month equates to 100 percent.

“Today, we have 2,522 customers participating in Green Up,” Energy Planning Supervisor Michael Little says. “In 2006, they purchased 34,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy from the Stateline Wind Project in eastern Washington and Oregon.”

Green Up also provides money to support the development of other renewable energy projects such as small-scale wind turbines and biomass projects that turn cow manure into power.

Increasing the use of clean, renewable energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions that can affect climate change. Reducing those emissions is an important initiative for Seattle and the world. City Light was the first electric utility in the nation to be greenhouse gas neutral in 2005 and achieved that status again in 2006. Scientists believe climate changes are shrinking glaciers in the North Cascades, which store the water that allows City Light’s dams to produce electricity. Investing in new renewable energy sources now could help protect Seattle’s existing hydroelectric power supply.

Sign up today for Green Up by visiting www.greenupseattle.org or calling (206) 684-8822.


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