Clean Energy Celebrated at Mason PUD 3

Clean Energy Celebrated at Mason PUD 3

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May 03, 2017

Resolution Supports Columbia Generating Station, a Carbon-Free Electricity Source

columbia-generating-station-web.jpg(SHELTON, WA) -- Mason PUD 3 commissioners Tuesday celebrated one of the reasons local electricity customers enjoy 97 percent carbon-free power.

Commissioners adopted a resolution in support of the Columbia Generating Station, a nuclear power plant in the Tri-Cities operated by Energy Northwest.

PUD 3 gets 84 percent of its electricity from hydropower, ten percent from the Columbia Generating Station, and three percent from wind energy. The final three percent comes from natural gas and coal.

“If we had to replace Columbia Generating Station with other fuel sources, such as natural gas, that would add at least 3,000,000 tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere each year,” said Linda Gott, PUD 3 commissioner. “This power plant generates enough carbon-free electricity each year to light up a city the size of Seattle.”

As a public power community, the sources of Mason County’s electricity are among the cleanest in the world. Fossil fuels provide only three percent of Mason PUD 3’s energy supply. On average, the three investor-owned utilities in Washington State get nearly 63 percent of their electricity from fossil-fueled power plants.

Resolution 1683

In Support of the Operation of Columbia Generating Station,

A Carbon-Free Source of Affordable Electricity

May 2, 2017

Whereas nearly 34,000 customers in Mason County rely on Mason PUD 3 for a reliable supply of cost-based electricity.

Whereas, Mason PUD 3 is committed always providing its customers with safe, reliable, economical service, 24/7.

Whereas, Mason PUD 3 is committed to providing its customers with as much of their electricity as economically possible from carbon-free generating resources. 

Whereas, Mason PUD 3 is a member of Energy Northwest, a Joint Operating Agency of the State of Washington, which is committed to producing electricity from carbon-free generating resources.

Whereas, Energy Northwest operates the Columbia Generating Station, a nuclear power plant that is Mason PUD 3’s largest source of carbon-free electricity after clean, renewable hydroelectric power.

Whereas Columbia Generating Station has an exemplary record of safe and reliable operation, producing enough cost-based, carbon-free electricity each year to supply a city the size of Seattle, Washington.

Whereas the replacement of Columbia Generating Station by a similarly reliable source of electricity would add at least 3,000,000 tons of carbon to the atmosphere each year, adversely affecting efforts to combat climate change.

Whereas, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, following extensive safety and environmental technical reviews, and onsite inspections, found that the Columbia Generating Station can continue its safe and reliable operation through 2043.

Whereas the Mason PUD 3 Board of Commissioners has found that the operation of Columbia Generating Station is essential to ensuring that its customers receive a continuing supply of cost-based, carbon-free electricity.

Therefore the Board of Commissioners for Mason PUD 3 resolves that Energy Northwest should take all possible steps to ensure the continued safe and reliable contribution of Columbia Generating Station, through its lifecycle, to the Pacific Northwest clean energy mix, as approved by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.