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Mercer Island, WA Community
Annual Green Power Usage (kWh) 7,570,514
Percentage Green Power 4.3%
Participation Rate* 7%
Provider(s) Puget Sound Energy
Green Power Community Since December 2012
Latest Annual Report Received On 9/2/2014
Community Green Power Web Page exit EPA
Community Profile
An island community of 22,000 residents, Mercer Island, Washington is recognized as a leader in the support and use of green power – a key aspect of the community’s overall stewardship of its environment. In 2012, a citizens’ commission led by the Mayor, city staff, and volunteers launched the “Green Power Challenge,” resulting in a 55 percent increase in program signups. Over 750 homes and businesses (7 percent of total accounts) purchase more than 6.5 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually. By exceeding its goal, the city won a grant from its utility to fund a public solar PV installation at the Community Center, which spawned a residential solar mass-installation campaign currently underway. These efforts, combined with the city’s own green power purchases (a 35 percent offset), qualified Mercer Island as the first in the Seattle region to become an EPA Green Power Community, and ultimately led to its naming as a 2013 Green Power Community of the Year.

*Reflects the percentage of residents and businesses in the community choosing to use green power for a portion of their electricity use.

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