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[CU 1796 / April 21, 2017]
PSE’s Customer Renewables Program Takes Off; Second Open Season Scheduled for May
Puget Sound Energy’s new program in which it buys renewables on behalf of eligible large customers is only about six months old, but is already more than three-quarters full, with a second open season scheduled in a few weeks. The Green Direct program, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, has 10 customers with a load of 28 aMW, with more to come.
Chelan PUD Considers Reworking Alcoa Deal as Aluminum Prices Rebound
Chelan County PUD is considering reworking its contract with Alcoa to give the company more time to restart the Wenatchee Works aluminum smelter. The facility has been idle since December 2015, but an upturn in global aluminum prices has fueled hopes of a restart.
Carbon-Tax Bill Drops in Final Days of Washington Legislative Session
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Washington Democratic freshman Sen. Guy Palumbo introduced a carbon-tax bill April 20, three days before the regular session ends, in order to move the budget process past its current stalemate, and to help fully fund education in the state, he said. Senate Bill 5930 would raise about $1.8 billion per year by 2024, through a tax that would start at $15/metric ton of CO² in July 2018, and increase $2.50 per year to a cap of $30/MT. The projected greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 180 MT over the next 17 years would reduce carbon levels 25 percent below 1990 levels.
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