Bellevue, Washington [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Washington-based Puget Sound Energy (PSE), a subsidiary of Puget Energy, received approval from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission to lower the company’s residential and commercial electric green power rates by about 40 percent, which went into effect on April 1, 2007.“We are working hard to improve the efficiencies of PSE’s Green Power Program to pass along cost savings to customers. Customers can design their own renewable energy plans, purchasing blocks of renewable energy or choosing to go totally green,” said Cal Shirley, vice president of Energy Efficiency Services for PSE. PSE’s Green Power Program supports the development of additional renewable energy resources in the Pacific Northwest. Large-volume customers, such as industries, governments and colleges, also will have the option to select either a 100 percent or a fixed plan at a reduced rate. The new PSE residential and business Green Power rate will be 1.25 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), down from 2 cents per kWh. Large-volume customer rates will drop to 0.6 cents per kWh from 1.0 cents per kWh. The renewable energy resources supported by the PSE Green Power Program include wind, solar, landfill gas, and biomass from clean wood waste and agriculture. Electricity generated by Green Power-supported renewable resources is delivered to the Northwest power supply grid, increasing the ratio of renewable energy in the Northwest power pool.