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Report to PUD 3 Customers: Utility Fuel Mix Report

Clean, Renewable Energy Every Day
 
The good word is out on Mason County PUD No. 3’s sources of electricity. For another year, our customers can be pleased about PUD 3’s excellent mix of non-polluting sources of energy.
 
According to the Washington State Department of Commerce’s “Utility Fuel Mix Report for 2010,” 84 percent of the wholesale electricity purchased by PUD 3 comes from renewable sources, such as hydroelectricity*, and qualifying energy sources under the Washington State Energy Independence Act (Initiative 937). Nearly nine percent of the electricity comes from the Columbia Generating Station, a nuclear power plant in south-central Washington.
 
According to the report, only 6.8 percent of the PUD 3 electricity comes from fossil fuel plants.
 
For a complete listing of the PUD’s sources of electricity, please see the Department of Commerce fuel mix report below.
 
Legislation passed in 2000 directed electric utilities in Washington to report their fuel mix to customers each year.
 
The 2009 fuel mix (reported in 2010) for PUD 3** listed as a percentage of the total is:
 
Mason PUD 3 2009 Fuel Mix
Sorted Alphabetically - Rounded to Nearest One Percent
Source
Percentage
Biomass
0%
Coal
5%
Cogeneration
0%
Geothermal
0%
Hydroelectric
83%
Landfill Gases
0%
Natural Gas
2%
Nuclear
9%
Other
0%
Petroleum
0%
Solar
0%
Waste
0%
Wind
1%
Total
100%
 
* Many other states and the federal government allow hydroelectricity to be used in meeting renewable energy mandates. However, it is not considered a ‘qualifying’ renewable resource under Washington State law.
** Source: Washington State 2010 Fuel Mix Disclosure Report, Washington State Department of Commerce, Olympia, WA

 

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