Poster_Sept14Greener Power:  The Environmental Protection Agency states that carbon emissions from fossil-fuel-generated electricity is one of the nation’s top contributors to climate change. We currently have no say in the type of power that fills our grid, the majority of which comes from fossil fuels, 35% from the Colstrip Montana plant (one of the top ten CO2 polluters in the U.S.) A locally grown and owned utility would allow us to buy power from the Bonneville Power Administration and other clean energy sources.

Benefits Local Economy: A locally owned utility would create jobs at wages that support families.  A significant portion of the utility’s operating costs would also be spent here – on office rent, salaries and local services — growing our local economy and tax base.  Transition to a not-for-profit utility model and local ownership of our local electric facilities makes economic sense.

Local Control: Currently, Bainbridge gets it’s electricity from PSE, which is owned by a foreign corporation, based in Sidney, Australia. The company’s board meetings are not open to the public. A Bainbridge Island not-for-profit utility would be responsive to local concerns, fully focused on timely resolution of Island outages, and motivated to work with BI citizens to promote development of renewable, solar and energy efficiency resources on the island.

Our Goal:
To get a yes vote on a ballot measure to give the City of Bainbridge Island the authority to establish a nonprofit electric utility. A yes vote would not instantly establish an electric utility. If the City decides to move ahead, there will be plenty of opportunity for public input (local control) to shape a local not-for-profit electric utility.

Oh, and this website is CARBON NEUTRAL :-)