Edward Smalley Named Manager for Seattle City Light Conservation Resources Division

Edward Smalley

Seattle City Light recently announced the selection of Edward Smalley as manager of the customer-facing teams for its Conservation Resources Division. In his new role, Smalley will manage the strategic and collaborative direction of the Energy Advisor group, the Residential Conservation Implementation team and the Lighting Design Lab.

“All of the folks in Conservation Resources and at the Lighting Design Lab do incredible work in lighting and energy conservation,” Smalley said. “The opportunities to build upon that work are seemingly endless, and I’m excited to be more directly involved with that effort. Beyond my initial goal of developing a strong, collaborative team, I want to ensure each member has the strategic support, both inside and outside of the utility, to meet the dynamic needs of our customers.”

Smalley worked as City Light’s street lighting engineering manager, establishing the unit and developing the utility’s planned maintenance and LED street lighting programs. Most recently, he served as director of the Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium, a position appointed by the U.S. Department of Energy with support from the City of Seattle and City Light. During his time with the consortium, Smalley oversaw the planning and implementation of the city’s energy efficient streetlight conversion. Seattle was one of the first major U.S. cities to adapt to residential LED street lighting under his advocacy and leadership.

“We are so pleased to have a strategic partner like Edward as we grow our visibility in the market, expand services, and really bring a much higher-level of collaboration between Lighting Design Lab, Seattle City Light and the Lab’s other funding partners. The timing couldn’t have been better,” said Kurt Nielsen, Manager of the Lighting Design Lab.

Smalley began his new position on April 1.

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

The Lighting Design Lab is a commercial lighting not-for-profit education facility funded by major Northwest electric utilities and conservation partners, including Seattle City Light. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the lab provides consultation, demonstration and educational services to the engineering, lighting designer, and architectural communities. The lab’s mission is to transform the lighting market and build advocacy for conservation through the promotion and education of energy efficient technologies and design options in commercial and industrial retrofit applications and new construction. For more information about the Lighting Design Lab visit them online here.

City Light Recognized by State Historic Preservation Officer Awards

 

Ross Lodge after the renovations.

The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) recently announced that Seattle City Light is one of the 11 recipients for the State Historic Preservation Officer’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation.

Seattle City Light was nominated for its rehabilitation of the Ross Lodge in the company town of Diablo, in eastern Whatcom County.  Before starting work on the historic Ross Lodge, Seattle City Light made sure that rehabilitation of the lodge would not damage sensitive archaeological resources in the project vicinity. The 75-year old dormitory has been repurposed as an executive conference center after having been abandoned for more than 20 years.

“We are thankful for the honor granted us by the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. This recognition highlights Seattle City Light’s leadership in preservation work and demonstrates our efforts to make historic preservation a priority as the Nation’s Greenest Utility,” City Light Chief of Staff Sephir Hamilton said.

 

Ross Lodge before the renovations.

Other recent preservation efforts include rehabilitation on the Gorge Inn, the anchor building on old Main Street in Newhalem, part of the Skagit National Register Historic District. “The utility is embracing stewardship of their unique cultural resources in a bold and thoughtful manner. Our hats are off to Seattle City Light,” said Gretchen Luxenberg, a cultural resources specialist with the National Park Service.

“This is an incredible achievement by many people who worked tirelessly and had the vision, passion and persistence to push forward and restore a building that would have been easy to give up on. The Ross Lodge is an example of strong civic stewardship commitment by City Light,” said Bernie O’Donnell, director of Utility Support Services.

“This has been fantastic work by the entire team and I want to thank all of the participants that worked on this renovation. Gaining recognition with an award like this is icing on the cake, and all involved should be very proud of this accomplishment,” Power Supply and Environmental Affairs Officer Michael Jones said in expressing his congratulations to the many City Light employees and departments that worked together to ensure the successful completion of the renovation.

 

The renovated Ross Lodge is now being used as an executive conference center.

The awards program is currently in its 24th year, and exists to recognize persons, organizations and projects that have achieved distinction in the field of historic preservation. This year, the ceremony will be held on May 13 in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building in Olympia. Washington State Historic Preservation Officer Allyson Brooks will be the event speaker. The event coincides with National Historic Preservation Month. The awards are given for preservation efforts that epitomize the spirit of the late Valerie Sivinski, a Tacoma-area architect who became Washington state’s first Capitol conservator.

More information about the award recipients is available at www.dahp.wa.gov, or by contacting Russell Holter of the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation at 360.586.3533 or russell.holter@dahp.wa.gov.

About Seattle City Light

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

Northwest Lawmakers Highlight Importance of Columbia River Treaty

 About 40 percent of the electricity Seattle City Light delivers to its customers comes from the Bonneville Power Administration and its hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River. That’s why Seattle City Light is thankful for the 26 members of Congress from the Pacific Northwest who crafted a letter to President Obama highlighting the importance for consumers of renegotiating the Columbia River Treaty with Canada. 

Read the news release issued by the congressional delegation below.

26 Northwest Lawmakers Highlight the Importance of the Columbia River Treaty

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Press Obama Administration for Local Input in Treaty’s Future

Washington, D.C. – Today, all 26 lawmakers representing Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho urged President Obama to make the future of the 1964 Columbia River Treaty a priority for 2014. In a letter led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), and House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), the 26 lawmakers highlighted the importance of the Columbia River Treaty and asked the Administration to take direct action on this issue by mid-year 2014, as called for in a recent regional recommendation led by the Bonneville Power Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“It is essential that the Administration now advance this work through discussions with Canada to ensure that a post-2024 Treaty better reflects the interests of our constituents in the region and the United States as a whole. As you convene an Interagency Policy Committee on the Recommendation, we draw your attention to the Recommendation’s clear call for a decision and action by the Administration on this matter by mid-year,” wrote Members in the letter.

Members also underscored the importance of the Obama Administration to be open and transparent in the treaty negotiations with Canada and for the Administration to consider input from Northwest lawmakers and regional stakeholders as the process moves forward.

“The Columbia River provides significant economic and cultural benefits to our region and how it is managed through the Treaty will have major impacts into the future. Therefore, it is important that you remain in regular and close communication with the Pacific Northwest Congressional Delegation during the Interagency Policy Committee process and keep us apprised of potential negotiations with Canada. In addition, we encourage the Administration to remain open to input from and engagement with concerned regional stakeholders, many of whom have valuable expertise in managing the Columbia River and played an integral role in developing the Recommendation.”

For fifty years, the Columbia River Treaty between the United States and Canada has provided the framework for coordinated hydropower generation and flood control on the Columbia River system.  Starting this year, either side can seek to terminate the Treaty with ten years notice, prompting a renewed look at the Treaty in the United States and Canada. The regional review led by the Bonneville Power Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers resulted in the “Regional Recommendation for the Future of the Columbia River Treaty after 2024,” which was delivered to the Administration for further action in December 2013. (To view the “Regional Recommendation for the Future of the Columbia River Treaty after 2024,” click here.)

Click here to view the letter.

The full list of signatories is below:

U.S. Senate: Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), Sen. John Walsh (D-MT), and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)

U.S. House: Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT), Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA), Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Rep. Derek Kilmer  (D-WA), Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Rep. Dave Reichert  (R-WA), Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), and Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)

 

Seattle City Light Completes East Boston Terrace Project Construction

Seattle City Light recently completed civil construction work for the East Boston Terrace Project located in North Capitol Hill. The construction and related upgrades have increased electrical service reliability and will reduce the number of future unplanned outages for customers in the area.

The finished work at East Boston Terrace.

The project began in October 2013 and was completed on schedule in mid-March 2014.  The improvements included replacing 1,000 feet of failing underground high-voltage cable that had been in place for several decades.  City Light crews trenched and excavated the soil to install a new conduit system and replaced the existing 30-year-old underground cable. The construction and related upgrades are an important part of improving service reliability for City Light customers, which is a key part of the utility’s Strategic Plan.

City Light and Seattle Department of Transportation staff notified residents of the area in advance of the project and responded to questions prior to beginning construction.  A walk-through of the project was held in an effort to maintain clear communication and strong customer service levels for customers living near the construction site.

The final street and sidewalk restoration will be scheduled and completed by the Seattle Department of Transportation.  For information about other City Light construction projects please visit http://www.seattle.gov/light/const_mgmt/

About Seattle City Light
Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

Seattle City Light Named 2014 Tree Line USA Utility

For the second year in a row, Seattle City Light has earned recognition as a Tree Line USA utility from the Arbor Day Foundation.

“Trees are a critical part of urban landscapes all across the United States,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Service providers like Seattle City Light show that taking care of urban trees is good for business, good for customers and good for the community.” 

City Light’s Glen Allen inspects a tree planted by the utility that won’t grow into power lines. It’s the “right tree in the right place.”

Tree Line USA is a national program recognizing public and private utilities for practices that protect and enhance America’s urban forests. The program is a collaboration of the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters to promote delivering safe and reliable electricity while maintaining healthy community trees.

 City Light achieved Tree Line USA status by meeting five program standards: follow industry standards for quality tree care, provide annual worker training in best tree-care practices, sponsor a tree planting and public education program, maintain a tree-based energy conservation program and participate in an Arbor Day celebration.

 Certified arborists oversee all tree-related work by Seattle City Light crews and contractors.

 “Trees contribute to the quality of life in the communities we serve throughout the greater Seattle area,” City Light General Manager and CEO Jorge Carrasco said. “Protecting our urban forest while providing our customers with clean, reliable, low-cost electricity is one more reason Seattle City Light is the nation’s greenest utility.”

A volunteer joins Seattle City Light to plant street trees in Fauntleroy.

 

 More information about Tree Line USA can be found at www.arborday.org/TreeLineUSA .

 Learn more about City Light’s vegetation management practices at http://www.seattle.gov/light/vegmgmt/ .

 Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

 The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.