Help Plan Seattle’s Energy Future

Seattle City Light needs you! The utility launched its Community Energy Forum on Jan. 11 and is seeking customer volunteers to provide monthly feedback on a variety of energy issues.

Seattle City Light needs you! The utility launched its Community Energy Forum on Jan. 11 and is seeking customer volunteers to provide monthly feedback on a variety of energy issues.

“We are a public, customer-owned utility,” City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. “It’s important to have our customers engaged and giving us their views.  Their opinions will help inform our strategic plan today and for years to come.”

Initially, the utility is asking customers about its renewable energy efforts. City Light was the first utility in the country to achieve carbon neutral operations in 2005 by offsetting all it greenhouse gas emissions. City Light continues to be the only utility to achieve that status. The utility also leads the nation in the percentage of its power that comes from renewable resources. 

More than 14,000 utility customers already are involved with City Light’s renewable energy programs by voluntarily signing up for its green programs. Recently, customers were offered the opportunity to support community solar programs by purchasing “solar units.”  The first community solar installation is atJeffersonParkpicnic shelters.

Customers interested in being part of the online Community Energy Forum should go to http://www.seattle.gov/forum to fill out a short questionnaire.  The forum is being managed by Vision Critical, a leading global market research firm that works with more than 600 global brands. The forums will be highly interactive, giving City Light residential and business customers the opportunity to weigh in on a wide variety of issues facing the utility. Forum participants will receive feedback from the utility on results of monthly forum panel responses.

For more information, contact a Seattle City Light energy advisor at 684-3800.

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 Seattlearea residents.