Washington State Approves Aggressive Energy Conservation Targets
Washington state regulators on December 22 approved a two-year energy conservation targets for Washington’s three investor-owned utilities. In separate orders, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) approved the biennial conservation targets for Puget Sound Energy, Avista Corporation, and Pacific Power, which combined will achieve 625,600 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy savings during 2014 and 2015.
The Energy Independence Act, approved by voters in 2006, directs large electric utilities in the state to pursue all cost-effective energy conservation. The 2014-2015 period will be the third cycle of conservation programs since the EIA’s conservation requirements went into effect in 2010. To date, the utilities in aggregate have saved almost 1.8 million MWh of electricity, enough to power almost 150,000 homes for an entire year, or about half of Seattle. See the UTC press release.