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Incentives/Policies for Energy Efficiency

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Energy Efficiency Resource Standard   

Last DSIRE Review: 02/04/2013
Program Overview:
State: Washington
Incentive Type: Energy Efficiency Resource Standard
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: CHP/Cogeneration, Custom/Others pending approval, Production Efficiency, Distribution System Upgrades
Applicable Sectors: Municipal Utility, Investor-Owned Utility, Rural Electric Cooperative
Electric Sales ReductionVaries
Electric Peak Demand ReductionVaries
Web Site: http://www.utc.wa.gov/regulatedIndustries/utilities/energy/Pages/...
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
RCW 19.285 - Energy Independence Act
11/7/2006
Authority 2:
WAC 480-109
Authority 3:
WAC 194-37
Summary:

Washington voters passed Initiative 937 in 2006, creating a renewable energy standard and an energy efficiency resource standard for the state's electric utilities. Initiative 937, enacted as the Energy Independence Act, calls for electric utilities that serve more than 25,000 customers in the state of Washington to undertake all cost-effective energy conservation. Investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, rural electric cooperatives and public utility districts which meet the customer total requirements are subject to this standard. Of Washington's 62 utilities, 17 are considered qualifying utilities, representing about 81% of Washington's load (including load served by the Bonneville Power Administration).

Utilities subject to the standard must pursue all available conservation that is cost-effective, reliable, and feasible. Specifically, by January 1, 2010, utilities must (1) identify achieveable cost-effective conservation potential through 2019, with reviews and updates every two years for the subsequent 10 years; and (2) establish and meet biennial targets for conservation. In determining target levels of efficiency, a utility's projections must be consistent with its proportionate share of the most recent Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC) power plan. Utilities may alternatively base their efficiency targets on their most recent integrated resource plan, provided the plan is consistent with the NWPCC's power plan. Utilities must also develop projections of achievable cost-effective conservation potential for the immediate two-year period.

High-efficiency cogeneration owned and used by a retail electric customer to meet its own needs may be counted toward conservation targets. Utilities may also count avoided energy supply required as a result of a distribution system upgrade or improved management practice that results in lower line losses and/or transformation losses, to the extent it can be documented. Production efficiency improvements may be measured and reported based upon the fraction of fuel savings achieved.

Beginning in January 2014, a qualifying utility may apply conservation achieved in excess of its biennial target to meet up to 25% of its subesequent two biennial conservation targets. 


 
Contact:
  Glenn Blackmon
Washington State Department of Commerce
State Energy Office
1011 Plum St SE
PO Box 42525
Olympia, WA 98504-2525
Phone: (360) 725-3115
E-Mail: glenn.blackmon@commerce.wa.gov
Web Site: http://www.commerce.wa.gov
 
  Steve Johnson
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
1300 South Evergreen Park Drive, S.W.
P.O. Box 47250
Olympia, WA 98504-7250
Phone: (360) 664-1346
E-Mail: sjohnson@utc.wa.gov
Web Site: http://www.wutc.wa.gov
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