National Clean Energy Week is September 20 to 25. The annual weeklong celebration of clean energy innovation helps raise awareness of nuclear, solar, wind, wave, hydropower, geothermal, natural gas, biomass, carbon capture, storage, and waste-to-energy technologies. The celebration is made possible by a network of clean energy leaders dedicated to reducing emissions while growing the economy through smart policy and technological innovation.
Learn more by visiting the National Clean Energy Week website.
Penlight's most recent fuel mix report shows 97% of our electricity purchases came from carbon-free sources – with 80% being hydropower! The region is fortunate to have abundant hydro resources to generate electricity. Hydropower produces zero carbon emissions, helping provide clean energy to homes and businesses.
One clean energy innovation gaining popularity is electric vehicles. National Drive Electric Week is September 25 to October 3.
The Pacific Northwest is an ideal place to own an EV because most of our power comes from hydroelectric and other renewable energy resources. That means when you drive an EV, you are replacing your fossil fuels—gasoline and diesel— for energy generated from hydro, wind, and, in some cases, solar power.
EVs use batteries as an energy source and do not directly emit any exhaust from combustion or associated contaminants and greenhouse gases. Therefore, they are categorized as zero-emissions vehicles by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have both a battery that powers an electric motor and an internal combustion engine that relies on gasoline or diesel.