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Subject:   CITY LIGHT INVITES DISCUSSION OF SEATTLE'S ENERGY FUTURE
For Immediate Release:   
11/6/2008  3:50:00 PM
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CITY LIGHT INVITES DISCUSSION OF SEATTLE'S ENERGY FUTURE
Strategic Plan outlines challenges and opportunities to address energy needs

SEATTLE — Seattle City Light wants to hear from you! City Light is planning for the future and invites public input on its proposed Strategic Plan. Many challenges face the electrical energy industry including energy supply and transmission constraints, development of new, renewable energy, a looming shortage of skilled workers, cost of resources, and carbon emission regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

"We are so fortunate to have low cost, clean, renewable energy available to us today," says City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco. "However, this won't be the case in the future unless we plan ahead and take steps now to address the challenges facing the energy industry and City Light. Our proposed Strategic Plan sets the priorities and the long range actions necessary to meet our customers' energy needs in this changing environment. That's why it's important to hear from our customers and the public to get their feedback on this important plan."

The plan addresses:

  • How to protect and enhance the environment through City Light's choice of power supply, conservation efforts, daily operations and environmental programs;
  • Ways to strengthen and improve City Light's energy delivery infrastructure, including keeping current with technology and customer needs;
  • Keeping the utility financial resilient while assuring access to capital for needed investments and to protect customers from power market risks and volatility;
  • And, most importantly, building on City Light's strengths to ensure a high-performance organization that delivers the best customer service of any utility in the country.

Three public meetings are scheduled – and a free compact fluorescent light bulb will be given to everyone who attends one of the public meetings.

Thursday, November 13
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Queen Anne Community Center
1901 First Ave. W

Thursday, November 20
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Multi-Purpose Room
Northgate Community Center
10510 Fifth Avenue N.E.

Tuesday, December 9
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Columbia City Library
4721 Rainier Avenue South

For more information, please go to: www.seattle.gov/light/strategy or contact Mike Eagan mike.eagan@seattle.gov or (206) 615-1691.

 

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