GreenUp — Generating Electricity Using Renewable Resources (closed caption)


Seattle City Light is looking ahead towards
future sources of power. They’re focusing on green energy solutions in
Green Up program you may have heard about on radian or TV in “Light Reading,”
the monthly newsletter that comes with your bill. Greenup Seattle allows City Light customers
to invest in renewable, green energy sources. While
the utility has always used renewable energy sources by generating most of its power from
dams, Green Up allows customers to do even more
for the enviornment. You may remember from your science classes
that electricity is generated by a pretty simple
concept – spinning magnets inside coils of copper wire. How you spin those magnets, though,
is key. The majority of power in the US uses
fossil fuels, like coal, to spin those magnets for the
production of electricity. Green Up supports new renewable technology
– like methane gas harvesting or wind power projects – to support the growth of new energy
supplies for the future. It’s more expensive to generate electricity this way but much
better for the environment because they don’t create greenhouse gases that
warming up the planet. “What’s exciting about some of these projects
is they’re using resources that have always existed – like wind and solar power — and
lately even garbage to produce energy. Let’s take a look at a few of the Green Up
projects Seattle City Light is already investing in: As old as the Earth itself, wind energy has
long been harnessed to do work. These enormous wind turbines at the Stateline Wind Project
spin day and night generating electricity near WallWalla, well known for its wind. The
more consumers support the building of these wind farms the more energy that will come
from this new renewable resource. IN Puyallup, L-R-I is using the old Hidden
Valley Landfill to produce energy. The rotting garbage under this huge mound is producing
methane gas that is being captured and combusted for electricity. The gas we are currently using to generate
electricity would be emitting to the atmosphere. Carbon Dioxode and methane are all greenhouse
gas contributors. So by generating electricity from the rotting
garbage L-R-I is doing two good deeds for the environment. One they are providing enough
electricity to power 250 homes, that might otherwise rely on less environmentally friendly
power. Two, they’re not allowing the methane to naturally escape into the air and add to
the greenhouse gas burden. The Tillamook Methane project produces electricity
in a very similar fashion to L-R-I, they also burn methane gas to create electricity. But
the waste they’re using is a byproduct of a big industry in Oregon, cheese making. Here
dairy cows produce a lot of manure. Left on the ground it would naturally produce methane
gas that would escape into the air and help warm the planet. Collected and tapped for
its methane content though… this “poop” produces a renewable energy. BY supporting Green Up, Seattle City Light
customers can help bring these green energy plants online, because each day small companies
are dreaming up ways of creating power from unlikely sources. Take the Sierras Pacific lumber mill in Skagit
County. Sierra Pacific is a lumber mill that not only
sustainably harvests its trees, but uses their sawmill
waste to power the mill, dry out their lumber, and create excess energy which they sell back
to the power grid. It’s called co-generation. They burn their wood waste in special furnaces
the EPA approves that are highly efficient and
scrub out harmful particulates while also allowing them to create electricity and heat.
This is far better for the environment than just letting
the wood burn or rot in the open. Now, Sierra Pacific is even reaching out to
area landowners and asking them not to burn their slash piles of wood, but allow the lumber
mill to generate electricity. Like all new sources of energy, ot takes a
lot of money to get these projects off the ground. Green Up provides financial incentives
for companies like LRI, Tillamook Methane and
even Stateline Wind Project to make that investment and generate electricity in the greenest way
possible. By supporting Green Up, Seattle City Light
customers are supporting these innovative new energy sources. I’m Kelly Guenther for your Seattle City Light.

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2 thoughts on “GreenUp — Generating Electricity Using Renewable Resources (closed caption)”

  1. Kel Henao says:

    this way very helpful thank you ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. John Pinkham says:

    cool and good

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