Energy Use

SourcePuget Sound Energy
Data TableElectricity and Natural Gas Energy Consumption
ExplanationDespite increasing population and development, electricity and natural gas consumption by Puget Sound Energy (PSE) customers in Thurston County has remained relatively unchanged since 2010.

Energy Units

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) typically reports electricity use in kilowatt-hours while natural gas use is reported in therms. These units both convert into megajoules (MJ), which are used in the chart above to compare energy sources used by PSE's customers. The following conversion rates apply:

  • 1 therm = 105.48 MJ 
  • 1 kilowatt-hour = 3.6 MJ

Sustainable Thurston Report Card

The Sustainable Thurston Report Card uses electricity and natural gas consumption to measure how well the Thurston region is doing at reducing energy consumption. No targets have been established for energy consumption. 

The Sustainable Thurston Report Card also uses greenhouse gas emissions to measure how well we are doing at moving towards carbon neutrality.  The benchmark includes three targets for doing so:  reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 25% below 1990 levels by 2020 and 45% below 1990 levels by 2035.

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