Puget Sound Energy extends contract with hydropower partners

Published on May 27, 2021 by Dave Kovaleski

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Puget Sound Energy extended a hydropower contract with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and Douglas County PUD in Washington.

The contract is for about 40 megawatts of clean energy. Also, PSE and Douglas PUD have negotiated an extension on a power sales agreement that will provide PSE a 5.5 percent share of hydroelectric power produced by the Wells Hydroelectric Project for the next three years.

“I am happy to announce that the Colville Confederated Tribes approved the sale of 5.5% of our Wells Dam power allocation to Puget Sound Energy,” Rodney Cawston, chairman of the Tribal Council, said. “Puget Sound Energy has a strong commitment to support the Pacific Northwest’s economic recovery, and their infrastructure platform provides a strong foundation to expand cleaner energy resources to protect the environment. The Colville Tribe appreciates these values, and we hope to develop a strong relationship with Puget Sound Energy. It is important for the Colville Tribe to seek stable returns to support our essential governmental services.”

PSE will get about 25 average megawatts of hydropower under this agreement, which is enough energy to power approximately 20,000 homes.

“Having this additional carbon-free resource is important to PSE and its customers,” PSE Vice President of Energy Supply Ron Roberts said. “When we have a stable energy supply from these great projects, it will help ensure that we have another energy source for our customers during the peak winter months.”

This will PSE make progress toward its goal of having net zero emissions by 2045.

Puget Sound Energy provides electric service to 1.1 million customers and gas service to 900,000 customers in Washington.