Port of Bellingham aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 86%
By using renewable energy for its activities, the US Port of Bellingham seeks to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by around 86 percent annually.
As part of Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) Green Direct program, the port now receives 100 percent carbon-free electricity.
Furthermore, the port expects to save a small amount of money on electricity as a result of its 18-year pledge to Green Direct.
Puget Sound Energy's Renewable Direct program incentivizes the creation of local wind and solar projects by leveraging long-term service arrangements with local governments and large commercial customers.
The port's renewable electricity charge has an initial fixed rate that rises by 2% annually over the lifetime of the deal. Standard energy rates are expected to rise by 3% per year, resulting in a slight cost savings for the port.
The port is one of 18 new Green Direct customers, bringing the total number of customers receiving renewable energy produced locally to 41, including the Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project.
Maritime Business World