Energy Independence Act

 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.

2016-17 Conservation Target

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. Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 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. 16, 2015, also in the boardroom.

In a Dec. 7, 2015 news release, commission action was summarized as follows:
"Commissioners approved a new two-year conservation target after hearing from Energy Development and Conservation Manager Andrew Grassell ,who reported on analysis to establish the District’s next goals to meet its state Energy Independence Act (I-937) requirements. No comments were received at Monday’s hearing to gather public input on the two-year energy conservation target of 1.66 average megawatts. That represents enough energy to power about 690 average Chelan County homes. Grassell said the goal is about 20 percent less than the previous target set in 2013 due to factors including the success of past programs, lower market prices and customer use of more energy-efficient products."

For more information, visit these links:

Conservation Potential Assessment

Notice of public hearing and presentation (Wenatchee World, Nov. 1, 2015)

Presentation to Board of Commissioners Nov. 16, 2015

Resolution setting 2016-17 targets (Dec. 7, 2015)

Renewable requirements

View the numbers behind our Energy Independence Act (Initiative 937) renewable requirements.