New Hydropower on the Way
This fall, the PUD expects to complete construction of two new hydropower projects above Snoqualmie Falls, east of Seattle. The Hancock and Calligan Creek Projects pose no issues for migrating fish due to the natural barrier of the falls. Together, the hydro projects will produce enough power at maximum output for 10,000 homes. These projects produce energy at the times of the year when it’s needed the most. They’re also the lowest-cost, local renewable energy sources available, better in price than wind, solar, tidal and biomass/biogas.
We're Focused on the Environment
The PUD has long embraced sustainable business practices:
- More and more vehicles are now fueled with higher concentrations of biodiesel – a blend of traditional diesel and an alternative non-petroleum fuel made from tallow (animal by-products), feed stocks or cooking oil, a move that reduces hundreds of tons of CO2 annually.
- Use of drought-tolerant plants around PUD facilities has reduced water use and landscape maintenance costs.
- In areas of high bird populations, line markers and insulated covers help keep collisions to a minimum.
- Small scale solar and wind demonstration projects help the public learn about these green energy sources.
Energy Challenge Tip:
Wash Your Clothes & Save Money!
Washing clothes in less water and cold water can mean big savings. If your clothes washer has a water level-selector, use the lowest practical level for each load of clothes. Turning the water temperature gauge to cold instead of hot can save nearly 90% of the energy needed to run a normal load of laundry. Need a more efficient washer? Check out our website to compare models and information on rebates.
It's Blowin' in the Wind
For the first time ever, wind power overtook hydroelectric power in generating capacity in 2016. Meaning if all things were equal, wind turbines could outpace dams in producing megawatts of energy. Currently, there are more than 52,000 wind turbines in 41 states, with Texas leading the nation in wind-generating capacity at 20,000 MW. By comparison, Washington is ninth with 3,075 MW. Snohomish County PUD gets 4% of its power from wind, including a contract with the White Creek Wind Project in Klickitat County.