Many customers in the Northwest United States are willing to shell out a little extra green to buy solar and wind power by signing up for the region’s green power options, according to Puget Sound Energy (PSE).Bellevue, Washington – December 31, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Nearly 5,000 customers have signed up for PSE’s one-year-old Green Power Plan. Their commitment to green power has helped the utility achieve the first-year target for its program. The growing demand for green power among businesses and households adds 1.8 million kWh of new renewable energy every month to the Northwest grid. Their participation also is helping foster the development of additional renewable-energy resources. “Puget Sound Energy’s consumers clearly are demonstrating their commitment to the Northwest’s environment by choosing to pay a bit more for green power in order to drive more investment in the region’s solar projects and wind farms,” said Angus Duncan, president of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). “Right now, PSE customers are supporting renewable energy at a rate that would serve the annual electricity needs of nearly 2,100 households for a year. That level of participation leads to more production, which eventually leads to lower costs for green power.” “We are delighted to see our residential customers embrace green power,” said Liz Norton, marketing manager at PSE. “It also is exciting how our business customers are championing this effort. Of the PSE customers participating in the green power program, 87 are businesses. The participating businesses are paying on average an extra US$23.26 a month for 1,150 kWh of green power.” Green power is available to business and residential customers on a voluntary basis at a variety of prices starting at US$4 for 200 kWh per month. Residential customers participating in the program, on average, are paying an additional US$6.14 on their monthly electric bill to purchase the more expensive green power. For the holiday season, PSE is introducing a new campaign titled the “Gift of Green”. Now, a PSE customer can purchase a block of green power in a recipient’s name. As in the green power program, customers can give green power in several different energy blocks at various prices. Customers can purchase a “Gift of Green” gift certificate, as well as sign up for the Green Power at the Web site or by calling 800/562-1482.