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.
On May 21, 2020, Snohomish County PUD completed its 2019 renewables compliance examination under the EIA. The PUD demonstrated its compliance with the EIA using the renewables target method. Under this methodology, the PUD demonstrated that 588,669 megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable energy and renewable energy credits (RECs) were used to serve its retail customers. This represents 9 percent of the utility’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 152,725 MWh for the calendar years 2018-2019. This exceeds the PUD’s 2018-2019 biennial conservation target of 127,984 MWh submitted to the Washington State Department of Commerce.