Seattle City Light has an unexpected pot of money on its hands. The utility says it needs to give away $5 million before the end of the year.
The money is earmarked for businesses that want to become more energy-efficient. It will pay for up to 70 percent of the cost of new lighting, heating and cooling systems, or other energy-efficient equipment.
But even with the subsidy, businesses have been slow to sign on this year.
Washington state Auditor Brian Sonntag has issued a report citing significant deficiencies in the billing systems at Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). His report is based on annual audits by accounting firms.