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Record No: CB 119885    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 119885
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 9/21/2020
Ordinance No: Ord 126179
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to the City Light Department; amending Section 21.49.084 of the Seattle Municipal Code to enable a broader suite of voluntary renewable energy program options to City Light customers.
Sponsors: Alex Pedersen
Attachments: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note
Supporting documents: 1. Presentation
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to the City Light Department; amending Section 21.49.084 of the Seattle Municipal Code to enable a broader suite of voluntary renewable energy program options to City Light customers.
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WHEREAS, chapter 19.29A.090 RCW requires that electric utilities offer retail electricity customers a voluntary option to purchase qualified alternative energy resources beginning January 1, 2002; and
WHEREAS, the City Light Department ("City Light") has complied by offering two voluntary programs beginning with the Green Power Program in 2002 and continuing with the Green Up Program in 2005; and
WHEREAS, 19.29A.090 RCW limits the utility's voluntary program to providing qualified alternative energy-resource options; and
WHEREAS, the Green Up Program established in Seattle Municipal Code Section 21.49.084 continues to offer City Light customers the opportunity to voluntarily support qualified alternative energy resources; and
WHEREAS, in 2019 the Seattle City Council adopted Resolution 31895, a Green New Deal for Seattle, where Section 7 notes that the City will continue to invest in programs that make renewable energy sources more affordable and develop options for community-scale, community-owned distributed generation of electricity in low income communities; and
WHEREAS, customers are seeking a variety of renewable energy products and services to meet their sustainability objectives; and
WHEREAS, customers desire to voluntarily contribute funds to a wider variety of demonstration, educational, or local renewable energy-related projects; and
WHEREAS, City Light aims to meet customer preferences by offering a robust and sustainable suite of voluntary renewable power offerings; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 21.49.084 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 123674, is amended as follows:
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