The City of Kent recently signed an agreement to purchase power for nearly all of its facilities from local renewable energy resources through Puget Sound Energy’s Green Direct program. City leaders expect to save several hundred thousand dollars over the life of the contract.

Green Direct is PSE’s renewable energy program that utilizes solar and wind energy. Issaquah, Redmond, Port of Bellingham, Port of Seattle and Bellevue College are already enrolled in the program.

The program works by municipalities and large organizations committing to purchasing solar- and wind-generated energy for a set number of years. The commitment blocks are 10-, 15- and 18-year periods and the rates vary with each block. These commitments ensure that funds will be available for two proposed renewable energy plant projects to move forward.

“The city of Kent is committed to being a good steward of the environment, and the City Council recently approved an agreement with PSE to use Green Direct power,” said Kent Mayor Dana Ralph. “This means the city is doing its part to use renewable energy.”

Kimberly Harris, president and CEO of Puget Sound Energy, touted the program’s partnerships that enable the power company to reduce its carbon footprint.

“We can have a bigger impact on the environment when we work in unison,” she said. The company aims to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 percent by the year 2040.