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City Light Adjusting Pay-for-Performance Conservation Request for Proposals

Seattle City Light is revising its request for proposals on a pay-for-performance energy conservation pilot program.

“Based on questions and comments we received in response to the original request for proposals, we are making changes to provide greater flexibility in the incentive levels, effectively allowing proposers to bid into the pilot,” Project Manager Mike Little said.

“We expect this will allow for a broader range of measures to be included in proposals and ultimately projects selected for participation,” Little said.

City Light expected to issue an amendment to the request for proposals by Jan. 10, including a new schedule for responses and selections.

City Light invites competitive proposals for the pilot program. A copy of City Light’s request for proposals is available online at . Click “Solicitations” and look for the Pay for Performance file. The amended proposal will be posted to the same site.

Seattle City Light has a 35-year history of innovation in energy conservation programs and was the first utility in the country to include conservation as an energy resource. Since the mid-1970s, City Light has saved more than 17 million megawatt-hours of energy – enough electricity to power the households of five cities the size of Seattle for a year.

In 2011, City Light conservation programs helped customers reduce their energy consumption by 1.1 million megawatt-hours. That’s enough electricity to power 124,000 Seattle homes – one third of the utility’s residential service. Customers who participated in conservation programs reduced their City Light bills by a combined $797 million.

City Light programs also avoided the release of more than 663,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in 2011. That’s the equivalent of taking 146,000 cars off the road for a year.

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States.  It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents.  City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

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