Sábado, 21 Abril, 2018

Seattle light rail renewable energy agreement signed

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Manuel Armenta | 21 Abril, 2017, 00:44

Sound Transit has executed a 10-year agreement with electricity provider Puget Sound Energy (PSE) that will enable the agency to purchase wind energy for its light-rail vehicles.

The move will make Sound Transit's light-rail service "carbon neutral", agency officials say.

"By operating Link light rail on green power starting in 2019, Sound Transit will offer transit users a carbon-neutral option for leaving their cars behind and help reduce the region's greenhouse gas emissions", said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff. It also expects that the contract with PSE will enable it to stabilise 42% of its electricity production charges.

The plan aims to make Sound Transit operations entirely carbon-neutral by 2030, and also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, future utility costs, and long-term operating expenses.

Green Direct is a collaboration between PSE and its customers, the World Resources Institute, and the World Wildlife Fund that paves the way for constructing wind-power facilities. The Green Direct program focuses on encouraging consumers to pursue environmentally friendly, carbon-neutral energy options, and was approved by the Washington Utilities and Transit Commission in September 2016.