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Subject:   City Light Schedules Community Conversation on Energy Future
For Immediate Release:   
7/8/2008  10:05:00 AM
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Utility Seeks Public Input on Integrated Resource Plan

SEATTLE - Seattle City Light invites the public for a conversation about our energy future on July 10th and 15th to discuss how we will meet our electricity needs at least for the next generation. The discussions are free and everyone is welcome to attend and participate. They will take place beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, in Building 30 at Magnuson Park (7110 62nd Ave. N.E.) and Tuesday, July 15, at the Rainer Community Center (4600 38th Ave. So.).

These community conversations will help create the framework for energy planning initiatives and for determining strategies for the types, amounts and timing of City Light's new resource acquisition through 2026. This is City Light's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and the utility is seeking public input on issues such as planning for climate change, geothermal, wind, biomass, and other renewable energy sources, the use of plug-in hybrid cars, federal action on carbon emissions such as "cap-and-trade" carbon systems and much more.

David Clement, Seattle City Light's Resource Planning Director, describes the IRP as "important for helping to set public policy objectives for Seattle's energy future," adding the city recognizes the need to factor in multiple environmental and social considerations.

Clement also explained the utility must meet the requirements of Initiative 937, passed by the voters of Washington State in 2006, which requires the utility to have at least 15% of its energy derived from new renewable resources by 2020.

A draft of the new resource plan will be presented to Mayor Nickels and the City Council for approval this summer. The long-term plan will be submitted to the State of Washington by September, as required by state law, and will be updated at least every two years.

In 2007, the City of Seattle received an Innovations in American Government Award for its groundbreaking work to reduce global-warming pollution in Seattle and across the country. In 2005, Seattle City Light became the first electric utility in the country to achieve greenhouse gas neutrality, repeating that achievement in 2006 and 2007.

For more information on Seattle City Light's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), visit http://www.seattle.gov/light/news/issues/irpor call David Clement at (206) 684-3564.



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