Puget Sound Energy and Avista are in compliance with the state’s Energy Independence Act, the Washington UTC announced Aug. 8.
The EIA was approved by voters in 2006 and requires qualifying electric utilities to obtain a certain percentage of their electricity from eligible renewable resources, including wind, solar, and hydropower.
As part of the EIA requirements, PSE and Avista file reports detailing their renewables portfolios and how each utility will supply at least 9 percent of its electric load through renewable sources for 2019.
WUTC determined that PSE and Avista complied with the state renewable resource standard. PSE exceeded its commission-approved target of 1.89 million MWh of renewable power, acquiring more than 2.5 million.
PSE owns three wind facilities with a total capacity of 772 MW, and is the third-largest utility wind generator in the U.S.
Avista exceeded its target of 514,144 MWh, acquiring more than 800,000.
The commission will review compliance by the state’s other investor-owned electric utility, Pacific Power, at its Sept. 12 open meeting following further discussions between the commission’s staff and the company.
Each company will file a final compliance report by 2021 showing exactly which resources were used to meet its target and requesting a determination from the commission that it met its mandate.
The EIA directs the companies to obtain 15 percent of their electricity from eligible renewable resources by 2020.
All but two of Washington’s 17 eligible utilities plan to meet the current 9 percent mandate under the state’s RPS for 2019, and all but one appear to be on track to meet their two-year conservation targets, according to plans submitted to the state’s Commerce Department last month (CU No. 1900 )
Clark Public Utilities and Seattle City Light intend to comply with less than the 9 percent mandate under the EIA’s cost-based standards—Clark under its 4 percent cost-cap provision and SCL under an option available to utilities with no load growth.
Together, the 17 utilities will use 6.1 million MWh of generation and RECs for RPS compliance in 2019, and have already acquired 933,328 MWh of cost-effective conservation in 2018, according to last month’s report to Commerce