Snohomish County has excellent accessibility and availability of utility service for residential, commercial and industrial uses.
Electricity in the County is provided by Snohomish County Public Utility District No. 1 (PUD). The PUD is publicly-owned by the residents of the County. The PUD purchases 75% of its power from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), an entity of the US Department of Energy. BPA power is generated by hydroelectric dams, a renewable resource. The PUD has power purchase agreements for biomass, wind and solar-generated electricity. Nearly all of the power supplied by the PUD comes from clean energy resources; no coal or natural gas generation! Residential electric rates are the greater of 10.414 cents per kilowatt-hour or 53 cents per day per meter.
Distribution of natural gas in Snohomish County is provided by Puget Sound Energy (PSE), a regional, investor-owned utility. Natural gas is sourced primarily from Canada. PSE is taking an active interest in renewable power for distribution in counties where they also provide electricity. They operate three wind farms which generate 773 megawatts of electricity. A 500 kW solar project is located at one of the wind farms. Gas rates are based on a variable cost of gas plus a delivery charge of $0.31527 per therm.
Water in most of Snohomish County is provided through the City of Everett, supplemented by local resources. The City’s systems were originally developed to serve a pulp and paper industry that is no longer present. Significant capacity is available for future growth. For more information about water rates, please visit City of Everett Water Service Rate.