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Subject:   City Light Surpasses Conservation Goals
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2/18/2008  12:00:00 PM
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Energy Saved Is Enough to Power 8,500 Seattle Homes

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels announced today that Seattle City Light's customers helped the utility beat its energy conservation goal for 2007, saving enough energy to power 8,500 Seattle homes and reducing 45,000 tons of climate pollution.

"Once again, Seattle is showing how to make a difference for the future our environment," Nickels said. "Instead of costly power from other sources, we are tapping the best energy resource available - conservation. It's another example of how we can power this city without toasting the planet."

New conservation programs saved 66.3 million Kilowatt-hours of electricity. That's 104 percent of the utility's goal of 63.8 million Kilowatt-hours.

With credit for avoiding electricity losses in transmission and distribution plus savings from Seattle City Light's participation in regional market transformation efforts with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, the total savings is about 75 million Kilowatt-hours.

That's enough electricity to power 8,500 Seattle homes. It also avoids 45,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which is equal to taking 10,000 automobiles off the streets of Seattle.

"This achievement is good for our customers and good for the environment," Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. "Conservation is Seattle City Light's first resource of choice because it holds down the costs that drive electricity rates and protects the environment by reducing the need to buy energy from fossil fuel-burning power plants."

Of particular importance in achieving this conservation were more than 200 energy savings contracts with Seattle City Light's commercial and industrial customers. Additionally, the Twist and Save program to lower the purchase price on compact fluorescent light bulbs placed over 520,000 bulbs into our customers' sockets since being launched in mid-September as part of the Seattle Climate Action Now initiative.

"Seattle City Light is proud of its 30-year history in energy conservation," Carrasco said. "Each step we take to use our resources more effectively and efficiently makes a real difference for all our customers that will last for years to come."

Seattle City Light is the first major utility in the nation to produce zero net greenhouse gas emissions. But conservation continues to benefit the climate by helping the utility avoid the need to purchase additional power that might be generated at a plant that burns fossil fuels.

When this year's energy savings is combined with the conservation from previously installed measures that are still producing savings, Seattle City Light conservation programs account for over 1 billion Kilowatt-hours of electricity. That's comparable to building an emissions-free power plant that produces 11 percent of the power needs for all the utility's customers.

These programs avoid over 620,200 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, which is equivalent to taking 141,000 cars off the road. That would represent almost a third of the passenger vehicles registered in Seattle.

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