Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has signed an agreement to purchase 350 megawatts of wind energy from the Montana clean energy subsidiary Clearwater Wind Project via an agreement with NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. This acquisition will bring PSE’s portfolio of wind energy to 1,500 megawatts and will allow the Bellevue-based company access to Montana’s natural wind resources through Montana-to-Washington transmission energy lines.
The agreement is part of PSE’s Beyond Net Zero Carbon by 2045 plan, a pathway to “reach net-zero carbon emissions for natural gas used in customer homes and businesses by 2045, with an interim target of a 30% emissions reduction by 2030.”
Of the 20-year power purchase agreement, PSE vice president of Energy Supply Ron Roberts says, “This is one of the steps we’re taking to meet our carbon commitment […] and increase our use of alternative fuels for power generation. We’ve been saying Montana has great wind resources and this agreement demonstrates PSE’s continued investment in Montana’s energy economy.”
The project is slated for the end of 2022, and once running will provide energy to roughly 140,000 households per year. In addition, PSE hopes the initiative will create 350 construction jobs, 20 full-time operational jobs, and over $400 million in support through jobs, tax revenue, and private land leases.
More information about Puget Sound Energy’s Pathway to Beyond Net Zero Carbon by 2045 is available via their white paper.