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Record No: CB 119238    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 119238
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 4/30/2018
Ordinance No: Ord 125575
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to the City Light Department; amending Subsection 21.49.130.B of the Seattle Municipal Code to extend the Department's authority to execute, implement, and administer contracts for periods of up to 60 months for wholesale marketing activity.
Sponsors: Teresa Mosqueda
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Expanding Clean Energy Opportunities Presentation, 3. Signed Ordinance 125575, 4. Affidavit of Publication
CITY OF SEATTLE
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AN ORDINANCE relating to the City Light Department; amending Subsection 21.49.130.B of the Seattle Municipal Code to extend the Department's authority to execute, implement, and administer contracts for periods of up to 60 months for wholesale marketing activity.
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WHEREAS, subsection 21.49.130.B of the Seattle Municipal Code provides specific authority for the City Light Department ("City Light") to enter into contracts for the acquisition, exchange, or sale of short-term capacity or energy, or integration, transmission, or ancillary services; and
WHEREAS, in an average water year, City Light has substantial surplus renewable, clean power to sell as resources exceed retail load in its service area; and
WHEREAS, many localities/governmental entities and corporations have made a commitment to reduce their carbon footprint by purchasing fossil free electrical energy quite often not from their traditional supplier and are willing to pay a premium for clean energy; and
WHEREAS, specifically in Western Washington, Sound Transit, King County, the Cities of Bellevue, Mercer Island, Anacortes, and Snoqualmie, and other large customers such as REI, Target, and Starbucks are participating in Puget Sound Energy's "Green Direct" program to purchase all their power from clean energy resources and are paying a premium for this over what they currently pay; and
WHEREAS, some of these entities acknowledge and support the fact that the retail energy they purchase directly from City Light is clean and fossil free and does not contain a "green premium" as noted in the Sound Transit resolution to participate in the PSE program; and
WHEREAS, very large customers such as Microsoft have won Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission approval to leave the traditional supply of PSE and purchase their own renewable power and have PSE deliver and balance their supply, and Microsoft issued an RFP...

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