City Light Advisory Board Records, 2000 - 2010

Overview of the Collection

City Light Advisory Board
City Light Advisory Board Records
2000 - 2010 (inclusive)
1.4 cubic feet, (4 boxes)
Collection Number
Meeting minutes, agendas, and other advisory board materials.
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2062337807
Fax: 2063869025
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

City Light provides electricity and electrical and conservation services to its public and private customers. It is the largest public utility in the Pacific Northwest. Public responsibility for electrical energy dates back to 1890 with creation of the Department of Lighting and Water Works. The formulation of this public utility stemmed from fear of monopolization by private companies and was reinforced by the inadequacy of those companies during the Great Fire of 1889. Unable to gain access to private water, much of the business district was burned to the ground. Citizens responded eagerly to the idea of publicly owned water and electricity, which was later encouraged as part of President Roosevelt's New Deal in the 1930s.

In 1902, Seattle voters passed a bond issue to develop hydroelectric power on the Cedar River under the administration of the Water Department. This was the nation's first municipally owned hydroelectric project. Electricity from this development began to serve customers in Seattle in 1905. A City Charter amendment in 1910 created the Lighting Department, making it a full member of the City's Board of Public Works. Under the leadership of Superintendent James D. Ross, the department developed the Skagit River hydroelectric project which began supplying power in 1924 with the completion of the Gorge Dam.

Both public and private power was supplied to Seattle until 1951 when the City purchased the local private electrical power company, the Puget Sound Power and Light Company, making the Lighting Department the sole supplier. The Boundary Project in northeastern Washington began operations in 1967 and supplied over half of City Light's power generation.

The current name of the agency was adopted in 1978 when the department was reorganized. As a municipally owned public power system, Seattle City Light is governed by elected Seattle officials. Administrative authority rests with the Superintendent and an executive team that includes the department's Chief of Staff, Service and Energy Delivery Officer, Human Resources Officer, Power Supply and Environmental Affairs Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. City Light is responsible for electrical service and streetlight service, streetlight problems, and also conservation, both residential and commercial/industrial.

City Light provides low-cost, reliable, and environmentally responsible electric power to approximately 395,000 customers in Seattle and neighboring areas, including Burien, Lake Forest Park, Normandy Park, Renton, SeaTac, Shoreline, Tukwila, and unincorporated King County. It is the ninth-largest public power system in the United States and has the lowest rates among comparably sized cities in the United States.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The records in this series include meeting minutes, reference materials, agendas, financial reports, correspondence, and rosters of the City Light Advisory Board from the years 2000 to 2010. This board was a citizen group who was appointed to advise the Mayor, the City Council, and the City-owned energy utility on strategy and policy direction. Their meetings focused on topics such as community outreach, environmental impact and conservation, work plans, and financial strategies.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], City Light Advisory Board Records, Record Series 1290-01. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Meeting Minutes May - July 2003
1 2 Meeting Minutes Aug - Dec 2003
1 3 Meeting Minutes 2004
1 4 Advisory Board Meeting Minutes Jan. - May 2005
1 5 Advisory Board Meeting Minutes Jul - Dec 2005
1 6 City Light Advisory Board Meeting Minutes 2006
1 7 Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes 2007
2 1 Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes Jan - July 2008
2 2 Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes Aug - Nov 2008
2 3 Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes Nov - Dec 2008
2 4 Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes Jan - May 2009
2 5 Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes Jun - Dec 2009
2 6 City Light Advisory Board Meeting Minutes 2010
2 7 Reference Materials 2001
3 1 Reference Materials 2002
3 2 Reference Materials 2003
3 3 Reference Materials 2004
3 4 Reference Materials 2005
3 5 Correspondence 2003-2004
3 6 Correspondence 2005
3 7 Correspondence 2006-2009
3 8 Policy Priorities 2004
3 9 News Clippings 2002-2008
3 10 Bylaws 2000-2003
3 11 Roster & Appointments 2007-2008
3 12 Asset Management Oversight Council 2008
3 13 SCL Proposed Business Plan 1996
3 14 SCL Policies & Procedures Manual 2000
4 1 SCL Power Marketing Review 2000
4 2 Strategic Resources Plan 2000
4 3 Financial Statements 2001-2002
4 4 Strategic Resource Assessment 2002

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Electric utilities--Rates--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Energy conservation--Washington (State)--Seattle

Corporate Names

  • Seattle City Light