In November 2006, Washington voters approved the Energy Independence Act, also known as Initiative 937. The act, codified as RCW Chapter 19.285, imposes targets for energy conservation and use of eligible renewable resources on the state’s electric utilities that serve more than 25,000 customers. Specifically, these utilities, both public and private, must secure 15 percent of their power supply from renewable resources by 2020. The utilities must also set and meet energy conservation targets starting in 2010.
Under the act, conservation is defined as any reduction in electric power consumption resulting from an increase in the efficiency of energy use, production or distribution. Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, qualifying utilities must begin acquiring all conservation that is cost-effective, reliable and feasible. Each utility is required to set an annual target consisting of a certain share of this achievable cost-effective conservation potential and to meet that share of conservation. A utility must identify its achievable cost-effective conservation potential. Every two years the utility must review and update its 10-year assessment. Each impacted utility must establish a biennial acquisition target and meet that target during the subsequent two-year period.
Questions should be directed to Andrew Grassell, Energy Development and Conservation manager, at (509) 661-4626 or by email.
The Chelan County PUD Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on establishing 10- and two-year conservation targets for the next biennium at 1 p.m. Dec. 5 in the boardroom of the PUD Headquarters Building, 327 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee. A presentation to the board on the District's conservation potential and setting the targets took place prior to that meeting, on Monday, Nov. 21, also in the boardroom. For more information, visit these links:
Notice of public hearing and presentation (Wenatchee World, Nov. 13, 2011)
Conservation savings expected to exceed two-year target (plans for new biennium also discussed - Nov. 21, 2011 news release)
On Nov. 16, 2009, the Chelan County PUD Board of Commissioners held a public hearing to consider establishing 10- and two-year conservation targets as required under RCW Chapter 19.285. Due to their related nature, commissioners also considered two standards under the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA): 1) integrated resource planning/energy efficiency; and 2) rate design modifications to promote energy efficiency investments. Commissioners adopted a 10-year conservation plan and two-year targets in compliance with the Energy Independence Act.
For more information, visit these links:
Call for public comment (Wenatchee World legal notice Oct. 18, 2009)
Display ad inviting public comment (WenatcheeWorld - Nov. 1, 2009)
New energy conservation programs taking shape (Oct. 12, 2009 Commission news release)
Chelan PUD adopts 10-year energy conservation targets; will offer conservation incentives (Nov. 16, 2009 Commission news release)