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Subject:   Seattle City Light Named Climate Action Leader
For Immediate Release:   
2/13/2009  9:04:00 AM
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Scott Thomsen  (206) 386-4233


California Registry Verifies Compliance with Country’s Most Rigorous Reporting Program

SEATTLE - Seattle City Light has been named a Climate Action Leader by the California Climate Action Registry, which verified that the utility’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory meets one of the most rigorous voluntary reporting standards in the country.

"Global climate change affects us all and we need to be a part of the solution," Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. "As a hydro-based utility, Seattle City Light depends on snowpack in the Cascade Mountains to produce electricity for our customers. Rising temperatures in the Winter and Spring threaten that resource, so it is critical for us to do what we can to reduce our impact and encourage others to join us in this effort."

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels challenged Seattle’s leaders to find ways to reduce climate-altering activities with an initiative called Seattle Climate Action Now. In support of the Climate Action Now goal, City Light measures, reports, and verifies its greenhouse gas emissions through an independent, third-party, the California Climate Action Registry. The California registry is recognized as a standard setter for tracking and reporting greenhouse gas emissions.

"We are thrilled that Seattle City Light has earned the status of Climate Action Leader. We believe that Seattle City Light's example helps set a positive tone and a meaningful standard of energy efficiency in the public utility industry," said Gary Gero, president of the California Climate Action Registry.

Since 2005, City Light has inventoried its greenhouse gas emissions and fully offset them with projects to reduce emissions in other areas, such as helping provide shore power connections for cruise ships at the Port of Seattle. City Light is the only large electric utility in the nation to achieve zero net carbon emissions and has maintained carbon neutrality for four years..

The California Climate Action Registry is a private, non-profit organization originally formed by the State of California. It serves as a voluntary greenhouse gas registry to protect and promote early actions by organizations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.



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