BPA, Utilities Offer Free Coupons for Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Save Energy, Save Money



Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Bonneville Power Administration

    PORTLAND, Ore., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Northwest residents can now battle
 the Northwest's energy shortage and help save fish by installing compact
 fluorescent lights purchased with the help of free coupons from the
 Bonneville Power Administration and Northwest utilities.
     BPA announced today that it is making two coupons worth $6 each available
 to consumers through their local utilities. Customers can redeem the coupons
 for compact fluorescent light bulbs with the Energy Star label and rated at
 13 watts or greater. More than 300 regional retails stores are participating.
     Two coupons will be mailed to each residential customer by participating
 utilities in April, and additional coupons can be obtained from utility
 offices.  Utilities will inform their customers of stores where the coupons
 can be redeemed. A list of utilities and retailers is available by calling
 toll free 888-376-8008 or visiting the Web at www.lightsite.net. Stores such
 as Fred Meyer, Bi-Mart, Home Depot and many smaller retailers will accept the
 coupons.
     The program is designed to encourage residents to switch to energy
 efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs, which use about 25 percent of the
 energy and last 8 to 10 times as long as conventional incandescent bulbs. None
 of the new generation bulbs has any of the flicker problems associated with
 the older fluorescent lights.
     According to Don Davey, BPA's CFL program manager, "We are so sure people
 will like CFLs that BPA has agreed to pay the bill, up to $6 each, to get
 people to try them. They fit in any lamp and offer the same light intensity as
 incandescent bulbs, so it's an easy way to save energy and money."
     Davey added that up to half a megawatt of energy will be saved for every
 100,000 CFLs used in place of incandescents, with up to 2 megawatts saved
 during peak winter hours. One megawatt is enough energy to power approximately
 1000 homes.
     The first round of coupons will expire on July 31, but more will be
 available later. The program runs until Sept. 30, 2003. More utilities are
 expected to provide the coupons in the future.
 
     PARTICIPATING UTILITIES
 
                  Avista Utilities
                  Bonners Ferry
                  Central Lincoln PUD
                  Central Montana
                  Cheney Light Department
                  City of Bandon
                  City of Cascade Locks
                  City of Ellensburg
                  City of Sumas
                  Clark Public Utilities
                  Columbia River PUD
                  Elmhurst Mutual
                  Emerald PUD
                  EWEB
                  Ferry Co. PUD
                  Flathead Electric Co-Op
                  Hood River Electric
                  Idaho County Light & Power
                  Inland Power & Light
                  Kittitas Co. PUD
                  Klickitat PUD
                  Kootenai Electric Co-Op
                  Lakeview Light & Power
                  Mason County PUD #3
                  McMinnville Water & Light
                  Mission Valley
                  Modern Electric Water Co.
                  Nespelem Valley Elec. Co-Op
                  Orcas Power & Light
                  Parkland Light & Water
                  Portland General Electric
                  Salem Electric
                  Skamania County PUD
                  Tillamook PUD
                  Town of Coulee Dam
                  Vera Water & Power
 
 

SOURCE Bonneville Power Administration
    PORTLAND, Ore., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Northwest residents can now battle
 the Northwest's energy shortage and help save fish by installing compact
 fluorescent lights purchased with the help of free coupons from the
 Bonneville Power Administration and Northwest utilities.
     BPA announced today that it is making two coupons worth $6 each available
 to consumers through their local utilities. Customers can redeem the coupons
 for compact fluorescent light bulbs with the Energy Star label and rated at
 13 watts or greater. More than 300 regional retails stores are participating.
     Two coupons will be mailed to each residential customer by participating
 utilities in April, and additional coupons can be obtained from utility
 offices.  Utilities will inform their customers of stores where the coupons
 can be redeemed. A list of utilities and retailers is available by calling
 toll free 888-376-8008 or visiting the Web at www.lightsite.net. Stores such
 as Fred Meyer, Bi-Mart, Home Depot and many smaller retailers will accept the
 coupons.
     The program is designed to encourage residents to switch to energy
 efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs, which use about 25 percent of the
 energy and last 8 to 10 times as long as conventional incandescent bulbs. None
 of the new generation bulbs has any of the flicker problems associated with
 the older fluorescent lights.
     According to Don Davey, BPA's CFL program manager, "We are so sure people
 will like CFLs that BPA has agreed to pay the bill, up to $6 each, to get
 people to try them. They fit in any lamp and offer the same light intensity as
 incandescent bulbs, so it's an easy way to save energy and money."
     Davey added that up to half a megawatt of energy will be saved for every
 100,000 CFLs used in place of incandescents, with up to 2 megawatts saved
 during peak winter hours. One megawatt is enough energy to power approximately
 1000 homes.
     The first round of coupons will expire on July 31, but more will be
 available later. The program runs until Sept. 30, 2003. More utilities are
 expected to provide the coupons in the future.
 
     PARTICIPATING UTILITIES
 
                  Avista Utilities
                  Bonners Ferry
                  Central Lincoln PUD
                  Central Montana
                  Cheney Light Department
                  City of Bandon
                  City of Cascade Locks
                  City of Ellensburg
                  City of Sumas
                  Clark Public Utilities
                  Columbia River PUD
                  Elmhurst Mutual
                  Emerald PUD
                  EWEB
                  Ferry Co. PUD
                  Flathead Electric Co-Op
                  Hood River Electric
                  Idaho County Light & Power
                  Inland Power & Light
                  Kittitas Co. PUD
                  Klickitat PUD
                  Kootenai Electric Co-Op
                  Lakeview Light & Power
                  Mason County PUD #3
                  McMinnville Water & Light
                  Mission Valley
                  Modern Electric Water Co.
                  Nespelem Valley Elec. Co-Op
                  Orcas Power & Light
                  Parkland Light & Water
                  Portland General Electric
                  Salem Electric
                  Skamania County PUD
                  Tillamook PUD
                  Town of Coulee Dam
                  Vera Water & Power
 
 SOURCE  Bonneville Power Administration