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  • Get Efficient with a Smart Thermostat and Get Rewarded

    Get a $75 prepaid VISA card and 10 LED bulbs when you purchase and install a qualified smart thermostat. The Snohomish PUD offer runs through Dec. 31, 2017.

    Smart thermostats help you reduce energy costs and keep your home comfortable year-round. These devices use sensors to tell when you’re away and use your daily schedule and local weather to make energy-saving temperature changes automatically. They also allow you to manage your home heating and cooling system from anywhere using your mobile device.

    Three thermostat models qualify:

    • Nest 3rd Generation
    • ecobee3 (excluding ecobee3 lite)
    • ecobee4

    To qualify, a customer’s home must be heated by an electric forced air or ducted heat pump. The home also must be a single family residence (not exceeding four attached units) or manufactured home. Customers also need to apply for the thermostat reward within 90 days of purchase. The reward cannot exceed the purchase price. The thermostat can be installed by either the customer or a contractor.

    For more information, including installation requirements, visit or call the PUD Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700.

  • Keep Your Cool This Summer with Tips from the PUD

    With the weather heating up around the Puget Sound this summer, consider some tips from Snohomish County PUD to help keep your home cool:

    • Avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside.
    • Install efficient LEDs that run cooler. Only about 10% to 15% of the electricity that incandescent lights consume results in light—the rest is turned into heat.
    • Keep your shades and curtains drawn during the day to keep heat out.
    • Open windows at night to take advantage of cooler air.
    • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes. Consider air-drying both dishes and clothing.
    • Minimize activities that generate a lot of heat, such as running a computer, burning open flames, running a dishwasher, and using hot devices such as curling irons or hair dryers. Even stereos and televisions will add some heat to your home.

    Also, consider an efficient heat pump, which provides efficient cooling during the summer months. The PUD offers instant rebates for eligible heat pumps. Customers need to have electric heat as a primary heating source to qualify. Work also must be completed by a PUD Registered Contractor.

    For other conservation tips, visit the PUD website at or call the Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700.

  • Dept. of Commerce: $7 million in state Clean Energy Fund grants advance microgrid projects at Avista, SnoPUD

    Innovative utilities investing in highly flexible, resilient, efficient electricity grid for the future


    OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Department of Commerce has finalized grants totaling $7 million with two Washington state utilities to further their innovative work on electricity “microgrid” projects. Spokane-based private utility Avista, and the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD), each were awarded $3.5 million from the Washington Clean Energy Fund.

    Their projects, and several others making their way through the grant contract process, represent the next important phase in modernizing our nation’s electric system to meet demand for more efficient, resilient and flexible power management and delivery. Industry experts, engineers and investors are watching closely Washington’s Clean Energy Fund research and development projects. These real-world implementations of some of the first significant new concepts and technologies in a generation will illuminate potential uses, service models and economic benefits for people and communities all over the world.

    “Washington is a state of leaders who share a vision of sustainable growth and prosperity inherent in the low-carbon economy,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “I applaud our utilities and their partners for investing in these innovative projects that will secure our energy future.”

    Creating a “shared energy economy”

    >Avista (NYSE: AVA) will pilot a “Shared Energy Economy” model that allows various energy assets -- from solar panels and battery storage to traditional utility assets -- to be shared and used for multiple purposes, including system efficiency and grid resiliency. By doing this, benefits to both the consumer and utility can be demonstrated. 

    One aspect of the Avista project includes exploring energy sharing among buildings. For example, rooftop solar panels and battery storage units would be installed on two buildings. These buildings could be connected to a building energy management system that could automatically sense which building needs power and which building has sufficient power to share its solar or stored battery power. Since Avista can also tap into this system, the addition of shared assets allows the utility to better use the existing resources. Ultimately, the consumer and utility both benefit in this Shared Energy Economy model.

    “Creating a ‘Shared Energy Economy’ model is the latest example of Avista’s 128-year history of innovation. In a ‘sharing economy’ resources are shared, allowing customers to access goods without ownership. For example, if you rent a Zipcar, you can pay to use a car when you need it, instead of owning a personal car. We are excited to explore this concept as it relates to energy,” said Heather Rosentrater, Avista vice president of energy delivery. “We know that the energy landscape will continue to change, and as a utility, we need to ensure our system will be flexible enough to meet the changing expectations and future needs of consumers.”

    Testing small-scale renewables and disaster response

    SnoPUD will build a Microgrid and Clean Energy Technology Center in Arlington. The facility, currently in the design phase, will demonstrate how evolving energy technologies – including energy storage, a microgrid system, small-scale renewable energy and an electric vehicle-to-grid system – can work together to improve grid resiliency, disaster recovery and renewable energy integration. It also will include a technology center to educate industry and the community about these technologies.

    “Beyond the considerable value this facility provides for research of clean energy technologies, we will also test its viability to serve as a critical backup system for PUD operations in the event of a major disaster,” said SnoPUD CEO and General Manager Craig Collar. “We commend the state for supporting innovation in the energy sector and positioning our region as a leader.”

    The utility has already installed the largest flow battery system in North America, using batteries and energy storage solutions developed by Washington researchers and companies with support from prior Clean Energy Fund programs.

    “Our state’s investments in clean energy are helping strengthen communities all across the state,” Commerce Director Brian Bonlender said. ”As our strengths in information technology and cloud computing converge in new energy systems and operations, technologies developed and deployed in Washington are positioned to sell into global markets, creating new jobs and business opportunities here.”

    Since 2013, the Washington State Clean Energy fund has invested over $72 million and leveraged another $128.7 million in matching funds from industry partners. Washington state’s numerous clean technology researchers, companies, investors and public and private utilities are at the forefront of energy innovation in the United States. Learn more at

    Penny Thomas, Commerce Communications, 206-256-6106

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