Energy Independence Act compliance
Washington state’s Energy Independent Act (EIA or commonly referred to as “I-937”) requires electric utilities serving at least 25,000 retail customers to use renewable energy and energy conservation. It is a component of the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA). Utilities are required to report on compliance efforts each year.
The EIA enacted conservation and renewable resource requirements. This legislation requires Washington state electric utilities serving 25,000 or more customers to:
- Pursue all cost-effective energy conservation; and
- Obtain a specified portion of their electricity from eligible renewable resources.
On July 19, 2021, Snohomish County PUD completed its 2020 renewables compliance examination under the Energy Independence Act (EIA).
The PUD demonstrated its compliance with the EIA using the renewables target method. Under this methodology, the PUD demonstrated that 976,396 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy and renewable energy credits (RECs) were used to serve its retail customers. This represents 15 percent of the PUD’s average retail load, in accordance with the Act’s requirements.
As part of EIA implementation, the PUD reported that it achieved total energy conservation of 153,038 MWh for the calendar years 2020-2021. This exceeds the PUD’s 2020-2021 biennial conservation target of 107,222 MWh submitted to the Washington State Department of Commerce.
For more information on EIA reporting, click here.