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Is Public Power Right for Bainbridge Island?

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Bainbridge Island citizens have the opportunity to own and control its own nonprofit electric utility, as do more than 50 other Washington communities. Consumer owned utilities, from the City of Blaine to Seattle City Light, provide lower cost, cleaner and more reliable power than Puget Sound Energy (PSE).

In 2008, Jefferson County (Port Townsend) voted to give electric authority to their public utility district, Jefferson PUD, and buy out PSE.  Today they have their own 100% carbon-free, locally controlled, nonprofit power system.

  • Is it possible on Bainbridge Island?
  • What are the pros and cons?
  • How much will it cost?
  • Who will run it?
  • What about hydropower and droughts?
  • Why not partner with PSE's Green Power initiative?

Join us as we answer these questions and more with Jane Lindley and Steve Johnson of Island Power.