Bellingham officials report drop in city-wide energy use

Bellingham residents and the city’s municipal operations are using less energy, according to data recently provided to city officials by energy and natural gas utility companies.

“Bellingham is not just setting policy to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions, we are actually implementing operational changes and seeing some real results from our efforts,” said Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville, in a press release.

The city’s per capita residential use of electricity and natural gas dropped 10 percent between 2010 and 2011, according to Puget Sound Energy and Cascade Natural Gas. Energy used in municipal facilities also dropped nearly 3 percent during the same period.

City leaders have put Bellingham to task to reduce energy use and greenhouse emissions. Goals are outlined in the city’s Climate Protection Action Plan.

More information is available on the city’s website.

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