The Langley City Council recently gave city officials the thumbs up to enroll in a decade-long renewable energy savings plan with Puget Sound Energy.
The Green Direct Program, set to launch in 2019, will use a group of wind turbines in Thurston and Lewis counties to deliver energy to customers and municipalities. The wind farm is currently being constructed.
The program was developed to help the utility’s company’s customers and municipalities meet carbon reduction goals, according to Puget Sound Energy’s Senior Government Affairs Representative Lynn Murphy.
Electricity is the city’s primary energy source. On average, the city spends $59,990 on 590,222 kilowatts used per year. The heaviest workload comes from the waste water treatment plant on Coles Road, which exerts 326,720 kilowatts per year — over 200,000 more kilowatts than the water well pump on Dalton Lane.
In a potential payment scenario outlined in city documents, the city could save a total of $11,357 from 2021-2028. The costs for the city are fixed by contract, which will terminate in 2028 after 12 billing cycles.
Mayor Tim Callison said the plan will reduce overall energy costs, as wind power energy is cheaper than the city’s standard electricity. Energy costs are one of the city’s largest expenditures.
“It gives us some security about what our actual cost of energy is going to be over a period of time,” Callison said.
Additionally, Callison said wind powered energy is complimentary to the sustainability element of the city’s comprehensive plan, which has a focus on removing or reducing carbon footprint.
“This does allow us to do that,” Callison said.