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Light Reading: Nov./Dec. 2020

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City Light works hard to provide reliable power, but occasionally you may lose your electricity in an outage. Use these resources to stay current during a power outage:

Stay safe during an outage:

  • Have an outage kit ready with water, food, blankets, and flashlights
  • Stay at least 20 feet away from downed powerlines
  • Never use gas or charcoal grills indoors
  • Protect loved ones at home who rely on medical equipment by signing up for our Life Support program

For more information, visit:

In 2005, City Light became the first utility in the nation to be carbon neutral. We achieve this by providing environmentally responsible power with our clean hydroelectric facilities, as you can see in our 2019 power sources below.

*City Light does not have coal or natural gas resources in its power supply portfolio. It does make market purchases to balance or match its loads and resources. These purchases, along with market purchases made by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), may incidentally include coal or natural gas resources, which are assigned to the utility. Any emissions associated with unspecified market purchases are offset through our greenhouse gas (GHG) neutrality policy.

**This fuel represents a portion of the power purchased from BPA.

With most of the leaves fallen, now is a great time to examine the structure of your trees. Look for broken or cracked branches that could fall during a windstorm. Keep an eye out for tree branches brushing against power lines.

If your trees could cause safety problems with power lines, contact Seattle City Light Vegetation Management at or (206) 386-1733 to have your concerns assessed.

For more information about Seattle City Light’s Vegetation Management Program, see our website at Once you know your trees are safe, you can enjoy their outlines against our beautiful winter sunsets!

Enjoy the convenience of paying your bill online! Sign up today for E-Billing and take advantage of these perks:

  • Pay using a credit card, debit card, or checking account number
  • Set-up recurring payments or one-time payments
  • Availability of your daily energy use (if you have an advanced meter)
  • Easy sign up for budget billing
  • Enhanced customer service tools
  • Be Green! Less paper!

Sign up now:

Seattle City Light crews are in these neighborhoods, working to provide reliable service:

  • Arroyo/South Arbor Heights: installing underground conduits, vaults and streetlights to replace aging infrastructure;
  • South Park: upgrading underdeck light fixtures to LEDs at the State Route 509 overpass on South Cloverdale Street;
  • Service Territory: replacing aging utility poles throughout the utility’s service area to enhance safety and electrical reliability.

This is a partial list. For details, go to to access our map and learn about individual projects.

“Winter storms sometimes lead to downed power lines. If you see a power line on the ground, always assume it is electrified. Stay at least 20 feet away and call 911.”