Climate change, electrification, population growth and new industrial load are causing many Northwest utilities to increase how much and how fast they expect demand to grow over the next 10 years, according to the Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee's latest regional forecast.

Winter peak demand ticked up from 0.5 percent a year in the 2021 report to 0.7 percent in the 2022-2032 forecast, which was released April 28. Summer peak demand jumped from 0.8 percent annual growth to 1 percent, and annual energy load edged up from 0.8 percent per year to 0.9 percent (CU No. 2001 [10]).

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