As our region’s corporations and municipalities seek to reduce their planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, they are also seeking to add renewable power to their energy portfolio. To meet this need, PSE created Green Direct, a renewable energy program specifically designed to meet our customer demand.
Green Direct is a ground-breaking program designed to provide PSE corporate and governmental customers the ability to purchase 100 percent of their energy from a dedicated, local, renewable energy resource, while providing them with a stable, cost-efficient solution.
This program furthers PSE’s deep decarbonization goals and accelerates the move toward clean electricity by 2045, as called for in Washington’s Clean Energy Transformation Act.
Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project
The first project developed for the Green Direct program is the Skookumchuck Wind Facility. Construction began in 2019 and the project went into operation November 2020. It can produce up to 137 megawatts (MW) of wind energy—equivalent to powering 30,000 homes.
The project, owned by Southern Power, is located on Weyerhaeuser timber land, located in Lewis and Thurston counties. It is the first large-scale wind project located in Western Washington; and the first in the state to be located on working forest land.
Site preparation and construction have begun on Lund Hill Solar, a second project being developed by Avangrid Renewables in Klickitat County, which will diversify the energy mix to provide both wind and solar renewable energy for our Green Direct customers.
All 41 total customers in the program, with 18 additional customers added in March 2021, are receiving renewable power generated from a mix of these resources in Washington.