February 19, 2008
Broadcast Meteorologist Andy Wappler Joins PSE’s Renewable Generation and Energy Efficiency Efforts
Puget Sound Energy [the utility subsidiary of Puget Energy (NYSE:PSD)] welcomes Andy Wappler, popular local broadcaster and accredited meteorologist, to its effort to raise public awareness of the need for energy efficiency and greater use of renewable energy sources.
"Puget Sound Energy has a long-standing commitment to the community, including the need for action regarding climate change," Wappler said. "I'm very excited to be joining that effort, because the energy choices we make today will have a major impact on the quality of life we all enjoy in the future."Wappler, who comes to PSE after being chief meteorologist for Seattle's KIRO-TV, will be a senior Public Relations manager for the utility, working primarily with management team members responsible for developing and communicating the company's strategies and messages related to renewable energy sources and natural gas and electric conservation. He will also head up the utility's speakers bureau.
"Andy knows our local weather and our communities, and how to bring climate and science concepts down to the neighborhood level," said Kimberly Harris, executive vice president and chief resource officer for PSE. "We're pleased to have him be part of PSE's efforts to expand renewable resources such as wind and solar power, and to help encourage customer use of all of our residential and commercial energy efficiency programs."
Wappler, 43, who holds the American Meteorological Society's Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation, is a graduate of the University of Washington and of Northwestern University. His father, Harry Wappler, was a fixture on local television from 1969 to 2002, with Andy joining his dad as a forecaster in 1994.
"For decades, the Wapplers have been talking about the weather. Now, I'm very excited to have a chance to do something about it," Wappler said, noting PSE's commitment to carbon footprint reduction and meeting the challenge of global warming. "As forecasters, my family has always taken public service seriously, and my new work with PSE is a way to continue that service on issues that affect all of us."
Wappler notes that his own family has already changed some of its energy use habits in response to the challenge of climate change, and believes we all can make a difference.
"My family cut its electricity use by nearly 40 percent simply by making a few simple changes such as using compact fluorescent lights in our home," he said. "I'm looking forward to getting the message out that everybody can play a role in protecting our Northwest environment through smart energy choices."
Wappler can be reached by calling PSE's media line at 1-888-831-7250.
About Puget Sound Energy
Washington state's oldest and largest energy utility, with a 6,000-square-mile service area stretching across 11 counties, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) serves more than 1 million electric customers and 729,000 natural gas customers. PSE, a subsidiary of Puget Energy (NYSE: PSD), meets the energy needs of its growing customer base primarily in Western Washington through incremental, cost-effective energy conservation, procurement of sustainable energy resources, and far-sighted investment in the energy-delivery infrastructure. PSE employees are dedicated to providing great customer service to deliver energy that is safe, reliable, reasonably priced, and environmentally responsible. For more information, visit www.PSE.com.