Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (Washington)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Name||Energy Efficiency Resource Standard|
|Incentive Type||Energy Efficiency Resource Standard|
|Applicable Sector||Investor-Owned Utility, Municipal Utility, Rural Electric Cooperative|
|Eligible Technologies||Custom/Others pending approval|
|Energy Category||Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs|
|Electric Peak Demand Reduction||Varies|
|Electric Sales Reduction||Varies|
|Date added to DSIRE||2011-03-09|
|Last DSIRE Review||2013-02-04|
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 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 84% of Washington's load.
The law specifically requires the affected utilities to identify achievable cost-effective conservation potential for the next 10 years by January 1, 2010, and every two years thereafter. 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.
|Contact Name||Meg O'Leary|
|Department||Washington State Department of Commerce|
|Division||State Energy Office|
|Address||1011 Plum St SE|
|Address 2||PO Box 42525|
|Contact Name||Steve Johnson|
|Department||Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission|
|Address||1300 South Evergreen Park Drive, S.W.|
|Address 2||P.O. Box 47250|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||RCW 19.285 - Energy Independence Act|
|Authority 2:||WAC 480-109|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.