The EIA (Energy Independence Act) requires an electric utility with 25,000 or more customers to use “eligible” renewable resources to meet a portion of load (3% in 2012, 9% in 2016, and 15% in 2020) and to acquire all cost-effective conservation starting in 2010. This is similar to other state requirements. In Washington, the initiative narrowly defines qualifying renewables and excludes the most cost-effective resource: hydropower.
Recommendations for change
The EIA is not living up to its goals. But with changes it can. Legislation is needed to clarify that if a utility has enough power to serve its customers, it can choose not to buy more renewable resources or renewable energy credits. The amendment assures that if a utility needs more resources, new acquisitions must meet EIA requirements. This legislation does not change the intent of the EIA. It protects utilities from unnecessary additional costs that are passed on to customers in the form of rate increases. And it eases the negative impacts higher energy costs pose on a weak economy.
We support a clean environment, increased conservation, and cost-effective renewable resources. We are committed to real energy independence. Washington State can remain one of the nation’s leaders in renewable energy and a low-carbon power system by amending and strengthening I-937.
The map shows how Washington voters voted on Initiative 937 in 2006. The blue areas symbolize which counties voted "no" and the green areas symbolize which counties voted "yes"
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Washington – the leader in renewable resources and a champion of hydropower and conservation
Source: WA Department of Commerce
Voter results on Initiative 937:
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