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Seattle City Light

Newhalem, WA 98267

Phone: 206-684-3030
Seattle City Light

Clean, Renewable Energy
Seattle City Light has generated hydroelectric power on the Skagit River since 1918. Today there are three dams providing power to the citizen-owners in Seattle. These engineering marvels are a testament to the vision and foresight of J.D. Ross, one of the first superintendents of Seattle City Light. The steep canyon of the upper Skagit River formed a natural barrier that kept fish from spawning further up-river, while also providing an ideal location for generating power. As the three dams were built, care was taken to reduce the impact on the natural beauty and pristine environment of the North Cascades and the Skagit River. Today, City Light continues its long history of environmental stewardship along the Skagit. Management of the upper Skagit has resulted in numerous awards by City Light for resource sustainability and habitat preservation. In fact, runs of threatened and endangered salmon species on the Skagit are the highest of all the tributaries to Puget Sound.

Because 90 percent of City Light's power resources are from clean, renewable hydroelectric power, in 2005 the utility became the first - and remains the only - electric utility in the U.S. to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions.