Public Power Issues

For the last several years I have been engaged in campaigns to implement public power in Western Washington. For several years I have been an active participant in the Island Power campaign to purchase the distribution system infrastructure on Bainbridge Island from Puget Sound Energy (PSE), the largest power utility in Washington state and the largest carbon polluter by a massive amount. I have also made presentations at venues in campaigns to purchase other territories from PSE: in Bellevue, Vashon Island and in Olympia. This page includes links to presentations and opinion pieces related to these campaigns.

Island Power Campaign

Carbon pollution, cost and reliability of PSE compared to public power
Jan 14 2017 Workshop: Rates Carbon and Reliability Presentation Extended
Presentation to March 11 Town Hall
Remarks at June 2017 Council Meeting
What’s to like about PSE?

King County Presentations

Why Not PSE? Vashon Workshop 2018
Eastside PUD Worksop 2018

Thurston County Presentations

Clean Energy Thurston November 2018 Samstag Presentation
Thurston Clean Energy Jim Lazar Nov 9 2018
Clean Energy Thurston November 2018 Johnson Presentation
South Sound Climate Action Conference Samstag Presentation 13 April 2019