The agreement will enable Sound Transit to purchase wind energy directly from PSE's Green Direct program and will help the agency lower its exposure to future utility price increases. This will potentially reduce long-term operating costs and stabilize 42 percent of its electricity production charges over the duration of the contract. There is no capital cost for entering into this agreement.
"Sound Transit continues to demonstrate that being a sustainability leader can be done both with minimal expense and maximum positive impact on our economy," stated Dave Somers, Sound Transit board chair and Snohomish County executive. "This agreement allows us to make Link light rail service carbon neutral while improving regional air quality and investing in local clean energy projects."
"This innovative agreement with Puget Sound Energy sets Sound Transit as a leader in providing clean energy services," said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff. "By operating Link light rail on green power starting in 2019, Sound Transit will offer transit users a carbon-neutral option for leaving their cars behind and help reduce the region's greenhouse gas emissions."
The program paves the way for constructing wind-power facilities and offer users an energy-efficient option for purchasing electric service.