Sierra Club and Beyond Coal partners pack UTC Hearing
The Washington Utilities Commission hearing regarded PSE's 20-year energy plan
The plan, released in December, reveals that PSE intends to operate its Colstrip coal plant for another 20 years. That decision is the result of flawed math. PSE does not take into account the true cost of operating Colstrip, like the hundreds of millions of dollars worth of upgrades the plant currently needs to meet modern pollution standards! At the same time, PSE undervalues the power of renewable energy. Sierra Club and partners testified for retirement of Colstrip coal plant.
On October 8, some 30 Sierra Club volunteers and four staffers with the Club's Beyond Coal campaigndelivered more than 10,000 petitions to Puget Sound Energy's legislative office in Olympia, urging PSE to replace the coal power in its portfolio with clean energy such as wind and solar and efficiency measures that would create thousands of jobs in the Pacific Northwest.
Prior to delivering the petitions, the activists held a press conference in the Legislative Rotunda at the state capitol, below, where they presented a report card grading PSE on its current energy portfolio. The utility's marks were generally high, but it received an "F" for coal, as more than 30 percent of its electricity supply comes from the Colstrip coal-burning power plant in Montana, the Northwest's largest source of carbon pollution. PSE is the primary owner of the Colstrip plant. Click here to read more
Coal Free PSE Campaign Launches Ad CampaignOctober 7, 2014
To support the grassroots drive to make PSE Coal-Free, the Sierra Club launched a multi-platform ad campaign on Pandora, Facebook, KOMO news radio and the Puget Sound Business Journal. The ads are targeted at PSE’s service territory and the Pandora placement includes an option for users to access and sign a petition directly from their browser or mobile phone. You can listen to the KOMO radio ad here, and see the Puget Sound Business Journal Ad here.
August 2nd, 2014
What better way to celebrate summer than an afternoon of cool live music, inspiring guest speakers and free ice cream?
Let's support Gov. Jay Inslee's call for climate action, and let Puget Sound Energy know that it's time to come up with a plan that transitions from coal to clean energy. We need to act now to reduce carbon pollution and protect our communities from dangerous climate disruption.