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March 1, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Puget Sound Energy

Force-feeding dirty-coal power

Thank you for your recent article, “Puget wind power may go south” [Sunday Buzz, Business, Feb. 22]. This article exposes Puget Sound Energy’s agreement to sell virtually all of the clean-wind energy it produces to Southern California Edison.

As a PSE-rate payer, I am shocked by this news.

PSE loves to tout its green power programs and, although these efforts are commendable, it strikes me as extremely disingenuous considering they are simultaneously selling our clean energy to the highest bidder.

So where does PSE’s energy really come from? According to their Web site, 37 percent of its energy comes from coal power. To put this in perspective, last year PSE accounted for 58 percent of the coal energy consumed in Washington, consuming 8,591 gigawatt-hours of coal-generated power.

Coal is our dirtiest source of energy: It releases the most toxic substances into our air and water, causes the most severe health epidemics and is the worst contributor to global warming.

PSE-rate payers deserve to be told the truth about PSE’s coal-energy addiction. We deserve to be given the green energy we’ve paid for. And, we deserve to stop being force fed dirty-coal power.

— Dave Porter, Bellevue

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