Regulators say Washington’s three investor-owned electric companies are meeting targets for renewable energy requirements.
A certain percentage of electricity must come from eligible renewable resources, including wind, solar and hydro power, as established through the Energy Independence Act.
Avista, Puget Sound Energy and Walla Walla area provider Pacific Power have filed reports on their renewable portfolios, outlining how they’ll supply at least 9 percent of electric loads for 2017 through renewable resources, according to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.
Pacific Power is a division of Portland-based PacifiCorp, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Energy of Des Moines, Iowa. It provides electric service to about 130,000 customers in five Eastern Washington counties: Kittitas, Columbia, Garfield, Walla Walla and Yakima.
Along with Avista and Puget Sound Energy, it has been determined by the UTC to be in compliance with the state renewable resource standard. It will file a final compliance report by 2019 detailing which resources were used to meet the target, plus request a determination that it complied.
The Energy Independence Act was approved by Washington voters in 2006. It also directs the companies obtain 15 percent of their electricity from new renewable resources by 2020 and undertake cost-effective energy conservation.