Community                                                                                         Peninsula Light Company Newsletter
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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.
                                                                                  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
                                                                   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 or

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               OUR FUTURE
                                                           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
                                                       Ave. These step, fusion and senior fitness classes promote fitness, fun and fellowship. For more
• The most energy efficient & environmentally
                                                      information, visit or call 253.851.7779.
                                                    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
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 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 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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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
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  w w                    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
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                                 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
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.
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

                                                                            more information, call Shane Santman at 253.761.5638 or email
Since 1991 the federal government has been trying

to produce a salmon recovery plan for the Columbia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             10 5
and Snake Rivers that would be acceptable to all the

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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                                               Thank you to all that participated; your time and opinion are appreciated!
                                                                                                                                                                                               The results of the survey will be published in upcoming issues of Lights.
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                                                                                                 fun stuff when you become a PenLight follower. If you don’t already have a
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