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Subject:   SEATTLE CITY LIGHT EXCEEDS ENERGY SAVINGS GOAL
For Immediate Release:   
11/26/2008  8:51:00 AM
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Conservation Saves Enough to Power 8,500 Seattle Homes for a Year

SEATTLE - Residents who bought energy efficient light bulbs, businesses that upgraded heating and cooling systems, and many other customers who took advantage of programs to cut their energy use helped Seattle City Light exceed its energy conservation goal for 2008.

"Conservation is the first resource of choice for Seattle City Light as we work to meet the energy needs of our customers and help them take action against climate change," Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. "By helping our customers reduce their energy usage, we can hold down costs for everyone and limit our impact on the environment."

As a part of Seattle Climate Action Now, City Light programs -- including the "Twist & Save" compact fluorescent light bulb discount and Energy Smart Services incentives for commercial and industrial customers - have already accounted for 76.3 million Kilowatt-hours of energy conservation this year. That's nearly 104 percent of City Light's goal with a month still to go.

The energy use avoided by these conservation programs would be enough to power about 8,500 Seattle homes for a year. The conservation also avoids the emission of about 50,000 U.S. tons of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas linked to climate change. That's comparable to taking about 10,000 cars off the streets of Seattle for a year.

These efforts will save customers about $5 million per year. The best part is those annual savings will continue for years to come.

"Seattle City Light is proud of its customers for leading the way on energy conservation, and now we are reaching even higher," Carrasco said.

"Over the next five years, the utility will invest $185 million to help our community double its energy savings," he said. "This investment - seven times the national per capita average - will save our customers $310 million over the lifetime of the programs, create about 1,000 green jobs and continue to demonstrate our environmental stewardship."

For details on the Five-year Conservation Action Plan, visit http://www.seattle.gov/light/conserve.



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