All three of Washington’s investor-owned electric utility companies are compliant with renewable energy and conservation requirements, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission announced Monday.
The three companies — Avista, Pacific Power, and Puget Sound Energy — were each confirmed to receive at least 9 percent of its electric load this year from renewable resources like solar, hydro and wind power. That aligns with the requirements of the 2006 Energy Independence Act, requiring utilities to obtain some energy renewably.
The three-member utilities and transportation commission found that each utility exceeded their conservation targets for the 2016-17 biennium, according to a news release. Combined, they saved more than 850,000 megawatt-hours of electricity, the majority of which came from PSE.
Within the next two years, each utility will complete a compliance report detailing which resources were used to meet the renewable energy threshold. The Energy Independence Act will require the companies to receive 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
The commission will then approve the targets and implementation plans, according to the release.
PSE, based in Bellevue, serves eight counties, including Pierce, Thurston, and Kitsap. Avista and Pacific Power cover customers in Eastern Washington.