Puget Sound ministries and partners purchase renewable energy
For the first time, our ministries and partners in the western Washington will purchase 100 percent of their electricity from a dedicated, local, renewable energy resource through a new program offered by Puget Sound Energy (PSE) called Green Direct. In April 2021, PSE will begin providing solar energy to meet all of the electricity needs for our facilities on the System Office, Swedish Issaquah, St. Peter Hospital and Providence Marianwood campuses from a new solar farm in Goldendale, Washington.
This purchase supports our environmental stewardship goal to become carbon negative with our emissions by 2030. The total annual emissions reduction from this change will be 18,587 metric tons of carbon - more than 8% of our total carbon emission from our purchase of electricity (the equivalent of powering about 1,700 homes).
This program also results in long term cost savings for Providence as our electricity cost increases will be locked in at a rate that is anticipated to be less than industry - projected rates.
Renewable energy is a key strategy in achieving our Providence carbon negativity goals as part of a larger effort toward more sustainable purchasing