October 2011                                                                                           PSE.com/ForYourBusiness
Re-Energize Your Business header
In This Issue
We Want the Whole Enchilada
Natural Gas Vehicles
Winter Preparedness
Consider a Standby Generator
Upcoming Events
Quick Links

The late summer warm weather vanished quickly in the Puget Sound region this year. All indicators point to another La Nia, with winter weather that is even colder and stormier than last yearCold weather heightens the need for energy efficiency and good energy management. It doesn't cost anything to open the window coverings and let the natural sun warm and light your workspaces during the day. Install energy-efficient lighting and check out PSE's commercial lighting rebates for when you do need to turn on the lights. If you are replacing old equipment for space and water heating, be sure to pick energy-efficient options that qualify for PSE's incentives. Investigate before you invest by reviewing the lists of qualifying equipment on PSE.com/ForYourBusiness. Your winter balance sheet will thank you.

We Want The Whole Enchilada And We're Willing to Pay for it


 Enchilada header image


Extra money is Re-Energizing, if you change every light in the place

PSE's non-residential customers who take a truly comprehensive approach to energy-efficient lighting will qualify for 30 cents per kWh of savings up to 70 percent of the retrofit project cost. To qualify for PSE's new enhanced lighting incentive, projects must include all cost-effective interior and exterior lighting upgrades and include automatic lighting controls.


All you have to do is everything

Change all the lights to more efficient options, inside and out. No cutting corners by leaving some incandescent or T12 lamps in the basement. No energy hog lighting in any space for any reason. That's right, the whole enchilada, and PSE will pay you a higher incentive.


Find out more about PSE's enhanced incentives for comprehensive lighting projects for commercial, industrial and non-residential facilities at PSE.com/ForYourBusiness or by calling a PSE Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482.


Natural Gas Vehicles - A Clean-Burning Alternative for Your

Business Fleet


 NGV collage


Are you looking for clean and green options for business fleet vehicles? Natural gas vehicles (NGVs) have become much more common in Western Washington over the last few years with hundreds of NGVs in fleets operated by organizations like Waste Management, CleanScapes, Allied Waste, Fort Lewis and Pierce County Transit. Nationwide, fleets such as UPS, Coca Cola, FedEx, Frito-Lay, Pepsi, Ryder and Sysco are just a few of those realizing the benefits of this fuel source.


What makes NGVs so attractive as business fleet vehicles? Natural gas is an abundant, domestic, clean-burning and cost-effective fuel for vehicles. Not only is it clean, it typically provides significant cost savings for many fleet operations. 


PSE has experienced staff that can assist you regarding how to incorporate NGVs into your fleets. For more information, visit PSE.com/NaturalGasVehicles or call a PSE Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



It's October and Storm Season is Here - Are You Prepared?


storm image


Storm season is here again and PSE is urging residents and business owners to get prepared. To get ready for storm season, October through March each year, PSE's operations continuity and emergency planning team coordinates the assignments and training for over 650 employees. Employees are scheduled for training in damage assessment, contract crew coordination, 911 call taking, outage order data input, lodging coordination and other roles starting in mid August and complete training by the first week of October each year. Before the inevitable wind and rain pummels our service area, these employees are ready to respond to and communicate with customers.


Each year PSE takes its emergency operations center (EOC) teams through functional and tabletop exercises utilizing a major wind storm scenario. PSE regularly coordinates with agencies and other utilities to implement methods for a comprehensive regional response to emergencies as we learn from past winter storms and lessons from other emergencies around the country.


The company also engages in partnering with two other regional organizations - King County and the City of Seattle - to urge all residents, businesses and municipal governments to act now to protect lives and property in the "Take Winter by Storm" campaign. The campaign, which runs through the end of December, features public service announcements on local television and radio stations, as well as broadcast news, King County, the City of Seattle, and PSE.com - all of which will remind citizens to prepare for winter weather.


What can you do to prepare your business? Check out the campaign web site, www.takewinterbystorm.org, for preparation and safety tips, along with links to regional resources for information about the weather, power outages, flooding, shelters and assistance agencies.


Consider a Standby Generator for Your Business


generator image


One way that businesses can prepare for winter storms is to install a standby generator. At PSE, we work hard to provide reliable electric power service for your business. Unfortunately, events beyond our control such as storms, flooding, vehicle accidents, vandalism and even wildlife activity can cause outages.


During power interruptions, a properly-installed standby generator can safely power many or all of your business operations. If you utilize a standby generator, it is essential to do so in a safe and legal manner.
Loss of power can cost businesses money. That's why many commercial customers approach PSE for assistance with and information about generators. Many customers find it a challenging task to determine the size, type and standby generator that is best for your business. PSE's experienced staff is available to assist you as you determine which standby generator product will best suit your business needs.
PSE also offers a contractor referral service with information about pre-screened contractors who can install your generator. Additionally, PSE staff can assist you with information on planning, permitting and installing the generator equipment.   

For standby generator assistance, please visit PSE.com or contact a PSE Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Upcoming Events


Future Energy Conference in Seattle

PSE is a sponsor and Lori Moen, Roger Garatt, Eric Markell and Ben Farrow will present on various energy topics.


Date: Oct. 18 - 19, 2011

Time: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 18; 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 19

Location: Washington State Convention & Trade Center              

                  800 Convention Place

                  Seattle, WA 98101


Click here for more information or to register.



Efficiency Connections in Tacoma

PSE is a sponsor of this two-day event, which focuses on innovation and advancing the performance of energy-efficiency programs throughout the region.


Date: Nov. 2 - 3, 2011

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center

                  1500 Broadway

                  Tacoma, WA 98402


Click here for more information or to register.

We hope that this issue has provided you with some ideas and resources to improve energy efficiency at your business. Let us know if you have ideas for future articles. Please look for our next issue in January 2012.

Thanks for using energy wisely,
Your energy specialists at Puget Sound Energy