Community Peninsula Light Company Newsletter C a len dar BEFORE YOU BUY A If you have any upcoming events you would July aug WATER HEATER, 2009 like considered for the Community Calendar, please enter your event on the website at www. penlight.org under the quickLINKS Community Calendar. CONSIDER A ONGOING EVENTS & MEETINGS JOIN TOASTMASTERS Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. Improve your communication skills in a nurturing environment. Two clubs in Gig Harbor meet every week − Wednesday at noon at Olympic Alzheimers and Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at Gig Harbor fire station 5-5 PLASTIC TANK on Rosedale. For more information, call 253.651.2089 or 253.226.2615. OUR ENERGY, • Can’t rust or corrode COMMUNITIES IN SChOOLS OF PENINSULA • No smelly anode rod Offering after-school reading and math programs in five schools this year. To volunteer to • Stronger than steel support students academically from October through May, please visit www.cispeninsula.org or OUR FUTURE LIFETIME TANK WARRANTY call 253.884.5733. • Warranted not to leak “for as long as you own ChAPEL hILL FITNESS your home” Balanced Fitness Classes are held Monday through Friday at Chapel Hill Church, 7700 Skansie ENVIROFOAM INSULATION Ave. These step, fusion and senior fitness classes promote fitness, fun and fellowship. For more • The most energy efficient & environmentally information, visit www.chapelhillpc.org or call 253.851.7779. friendly NEW NEIghBORS gIg hARBOR/PENINSULA PLASTIC JACKET Jafar Taghavi, CEO, Peninsula Light Company Welcoming new members to all activities. For more information, please call 253.509.4029 or visit • No nicks, dents or scratches www.gigharbornewneighbors.com. RELIABILITY Nationwide electric co-ops like PenLight are using the “Our Energy, Our • Six years Parts & Labor warranty gIFTEd hANdS Future” campaign to start conversations on how we are going to address Meeting the second Monday of every month at the Peninsula Library on Pt. Fosdick from 2:00 p.m. to our future energy needs. Concerns for global and regional climate 4:00 p.m. Gifted Hands is a group of volunteer knitters, knitting hats and other items for chemotherapy change are pushing the agenda on dealing with carbon pollution. Our patients. • PenLight Night with the Rainiers utility business is about to undergo major changes with new regulatory ThE 26Th dISTRICT REPUBLICAN CLUB requirements from both state and federal governments. The Republican Club of Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula meets on the third Saturday of each month for a breakfast meeting. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253.858.6798. Unlike other co-ops located east of the Rockies who rely upon coal gIg hARBOR EAgLES SUNdAY BREAKFAST • Marathon Water Heaters and natural gas for their energy sources, we have been fortunate to Open to the public. Join us every Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For more information, call have an abundance of clean hydroelectric power from the 32 dams on 253.884.1857. the Columbia River System. Our fuel mixtures consist of 86% hydro 0 0 215 8 4 TOPS WEIghT LOSS SUPPORT gROUP • We’re All a-Twitter power, and only 4% of our total energy comes from carbon-based power Meeting in Vaughn, every Monday at 6:00 p.m. at Key Peninsula Fire Station 5. For more information, supplies. You would think utilities like us in the Pacific NW would be in call 253.884.4102. a fairly good position when it comes to reducing our impact to climate LIVE SUCCESSFULLY WITh LOW VISION SUPPORT gROUP change—not so. The passage of Initiative 937 in 2006 by Washington Sponsored by the Gig Harbor Lions Club, this group meets the second Wednesday of each month from • Community Calendar voters requires utilities that have over 25,000 consumers to have 15% 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church. For more information, call 253.549.4995. renewable energy by 2020, excluding current hydro power. KEY PENINSULA-gIg hARBOR-ISLANdS WATERShEd COUNCIL The last KGI meets the third Tuesday of every month at PenLight headquarters from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 The first phase of I-937 starts in 2012 at 3%, reaches 9% by 2016 and ends water heater p.m. For more information, call 253.857.1514. gIg hARBOR KIWANIS with 15% in 2020. Faced with the challenge of meeting this new renewable mandate, the Board of Directors approved that PenLight enter into a partnership you’ll ever Helping children in our community. Meetings are held every Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. at 0812560 with three other utility partners to build Harvest Wind, a 100 megawatt, $250 need! Madrona Links Golf Course. For more information, visit www.gigharborkiwanis.com or call million wind generator project located near Goldendale, WA. Our $50 million share of the project’s energy output will only meet half our renewable mandate. 253.691.7085. PenLight will still need to acquire additional renewable resources. ThE gIg hARBOR WELCOME CLUB Welcoming newcomers, established residents, couples and singles to a variety of Our current power purchase agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) fun activities, including golf, bunco, bridge, travel, walking, mah jongg and ends on September 30, 2011. In December 2008, we signed a new agreement that will many more. For more information, call 253.857.5324. take us through 2028. A major change in our contract requires us to pay market rate for any new load growth as of October 1, 2011 (known as Tier II). The contract guarantees us that we HIDDEN ACCOUNT NUMBERS can still purchase at a preferred rate our Tier I load set at our 2010 level. We are exploring [continued inside] w w w.penlight.org Phone 253.857.5950 Every month five randomly chosen account numbers are hidden in Lights. If you spot yours, call Julie at 253.857.1526 and Supervising Editor: Jonathan White Editor: Julie Richards 253.857.1526 you’ll receive a $50 credit in your next bill. HOLIDAY CLOSURES: Independence Day, July 3rd Produced by: North Woods Graphics www.northwoods-graphics.com ––– Peninsula Light Company Newsletter For More Information Call Member Services July/August 2009 at 253.857.5950 or Toll Free 1.888.809.8021 OUR ENERGY, OUR FUTURE [continued from front] OUR ENERGY, OUR FUTURE [conclusion] whether we want to purchase our Tier II power from BPA or purchase However, despite the broad-based support for the investment of billions of through a third party. Either way, it will be at market rate. Starting dollars in the next decade, the plan remains at the mercy of US District October 1, 2009, BPA will start a new two-year rate period. BPA dialog Court Judge Redden. Opponents are demanding extreme measures, over the last year pointed to a wholesale rate as high as 20% due to such as removal of the four lower Snake River dams. The Obama low snowpack and lower than forecasted wholesale electric prices. administration is reviewing the plan. PENLIGHT NIGHT We are now looking forward to a lower than expected wholesale This new plan will provide real benefits for salmon and is based rate increase. At this point we know it will be a single and not on sound science, which we believe will be evident as the a double digit rate increase. BPA’s final wholesale rates will administration does its review. Supporters recognize that be announced by the end of the summer. the hydro system provides the region not only with clean, We see conservation and energy efficiency as a means to renewable energy but also with jobs, economic stability and cleaner skies. These also are priorities for the Obama C H E N E Y S TA D I U M help reduce our future load growth, thus reducing our exposure to market volatility. Since 1982 Penlight has administration. invested $9.1 million in conservation, representing a As you can see, our business environment is rapidly savings of over 131 million kWh of energy; enough F A M I LY FU N • FI R EWOR KS • F R I D AY, AU G U ST 14 changing. Our challenge for the future is to stay ahead electricity to power over 8,700 homes for a year. of these changes and find the resources to meet them. PenLight will continue to offer new programs We have over 500 Penlight Ambassadors assisting us to help its members save energy and The Tacoma Rainiers are proud to have employees and members of Peninsula by contacting legislators to let them know where we money. The Northwest Power Planning Light Company come out to the park on Friday, August 14th to enjoy stand on critical issues. We welcome your interest and Conservation Council is responsible the best family entertainment in the Northwest. Come watch the and involvement; please consider joining for setting regional conservation and Mariners stars of tomorrow take on the Iowa Cubs, starting at Penlight Ambassadors at www.penlight.org. efficiency goals. The current plan recommends a 50% increase for a target 7:00 p.m. The game will be followed by a fireworks display. The board is pleased that it has been goal of 6,000 average megawatts over the 79 16 For just $9.50 PenLight members will enjoy: 0 81 able to hold rates flat over the last eight next 20 years. These goals will be divided years despite a 16 percent growth in new among BPA’s customers, like Penlight, as part • Discounted Reserved Seat Tickets meters and increased business costs. 9 of our power purchase agreement. Furthermore, 104 499 However, we need to invest in the future starting in 2010, I-937 requires us to evaluate our • Undercover Seats by securing our rights to renewable energy conservation potential and achieve a percentage and continuing our efforts in improving of that potential over the succeeding two years. • Game Program system reliability. This means what we are This assessment must be updated every two years fulfilling our core purpose of improving the • Hot Dog, Soft Drink and Bag of Chips to ensure we are achieving the most cost effective quality of life for our members and community. conservation. To reserve your PenLight Night tickets or for MEMBER SURVEY Thanks more information, call Shane Santman at 253.761.5638 or email Since 1991 the federal government has been trying email@example.com. 9 to produce a salmon recovery plan for the Columbia 10 5 and Snake Rivers that would be acceptable to all the 0 65 stakeholders. The plan is known as the Biological Opinion (Bi-Op). The opportunity to embark on a new era of salmon recovery and end decades of litigation and divisiveness is PenLight’s bi-annual member satisfaction survey is complete. within our grasp. Unprecedented agreement emerged during In June the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s the crafting of a new plan to help protect listed salmon and Market Research team randomly contacted 600 PenLight steelhead. An overwhelming majority of the states, tribes, members to participate in a twelve minute survey regarding federal agencies and river interests in the region now stand ready system reliability, payment options, and quality of service. The to move forward with implementation. survey provides us with valuable insights from our members regarding [continued right] areas we need to improve and what we do well. Follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/PenLightCo Thank you to all that participated; your time and opinion are appreciated! 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