Board Member: 2010-2015
Jorge Carrasco joined Seattle City Light in February 2004. He was unanimously confirmed by the Seattle City Council to a second four-year contract in June 2008 and again in July, 2012. Prior to joining City Light, Carrasco was City Manager of Austin Texas and Scottsdale Arizona; he also served as General Manager of East Bay Municipal Utility District; and as President of American Water Services in Princeton, NJ. During his tenure, Carrasco has stabilized the utility’s financial position by reducing short and long term debt, working with the Mayor and Council to create a Rate Stabilization Fund to reduce the impact of energy price volatility and water year uncertainties, guaranteeing customers more rational rate adjustments. Today, City Light has some of the lowest electric utility rates in the nation. He has been a regional and national leader on issues of climate change and environmental stewardship. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005 – the first utility in the country to achieve that status. In addition, thousands of acres of fish and wildlife habitat have been preserved along the Skagit River during his tenure and record fish returns of Chinook and pink salmon have resulted from careful monitoring of river flows below the three City Light dams on the Skagit.
Long-term resource planning is another feature of Jorge’s work. In late 2012, the utility entered into a 17-year power contract with the Bonneville Power Administration, assuring adequate resources at favorable rates for its customers. Additionally, the utility already has met its 2020 requirements under the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard through a combination of conservation, existing renewable resources, and renewable energy credits. In 2012, Carrasco managed the successful unanimous approval by the Seattle City Council of the utility’s first six-year strategic plan. The plan is fully funded by a six-year rate path adopted by the City Council. It will result in stable rates, financial resilience, and key infrastructure investments in all areas of the utility’s operations. In 2013, the utility achieved the highest customer satisfaction with business electric service in the Western U.S. among midsize utilities in the J.D. Power and Associates survey.