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Net Metering

In 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5223, which requires electric utilities in the state to provide information to the WSU Energy Program concerning their progress on reaching the cumulative generating capacity available to net metering systems in their service territories as specified in the bill. That capacity is defined as achieved when the cumulative generating capacity of net metering systems reaches four percent of the utility’s peak demand in 1996. This information is to be provided semiannually by each utility and is to be posted on the WSU Energy Program website.

Utilities that reach the available generating capacity prior to June 30, 2029 have the option of developing a standard rate or tariff schedule that deviates from the net metering requirements of RCW 80.60.030. Investor-owned utilities’ proposals are to be reviewed by the Utilities and Transportation Commission. Consumer-owned utilities’ proposals are to be reviewed by their governing body, however they must notify the WSU Energy Program sixty days in advance of when a standard rate for an eligible customer-generator is first placed on the agenda of the utility’s governing body. The WSU Energy Program is required to list utilities that have provided notice of a rate or tariff schedule under this subsection; as well as those that have adopted a standard rate or tariff schedule under this law.

The table below provides a summary by utility of each utility’s progress toward that cumulative generating capacity, and if they have achieved it, whether they have implemented a policy that deviates from net metering as set forth in RCW 80.60.030. For more detail on each utility’s status, follow this link.
 

 

Utility

Progress

RCW 80.60.030 deviation

Alder Mutual Light Co Inc

29%

No

Avista

20%

No

Benton County PUD

29%

No

Benton Rural Electric Assn

67%

No

Big Bend Electric Coop Inc

10%

No

Chelan County PUD

2%

No

City of Blaine

7%

No

City of Centralia

23%

No

City of Cheney

1%

No

City of Chewelah

0%

No

City of Ellensburg

73%

No

City of McCleary

6%

No

City of Port Angeles

12%

No

City of Richland

32%

No

City of Sumas

1%

No

Clallam County PUD

41%

No

Clark County PUD

27%

No

Clearwater Power Co.

8%

No

Columbia Rural Electric Association

34%

No

Cowlitz County PUD

10%

No

Douglas County PUD

1%

No

Elmhurst Mutual Power&Light Co

8%

No

Ferry County PUD

14%

No

Franklin County PUD

39%

No

Grant County PUD

4%

No

Grays Harbor County PUD

7%

No

Inland Power & Light Co

26%

No

Jefferson County PUD

87%

No

Kittitas County PUD

203%

Yes

Klickitat County PUD

49%

No

Lakeview Light & Power Co

0%

No

Lewis County PUD

19%

No

Mason County PUD 1

29%

No

Mason County PUD 3

18%

No

Modern Electric Water Co

2%

No

Nespelem Valley Elec Coop Inc

2%

No

Ohop Mutual Light Co

15%

No

Okanogan County Elec Coop Inc

97%

No

Okanogan County PUD

10%

No

Orcas Power & Light Co

171%

No

Pacific County PUD

15%

No

PacifiCorp

49%

No

Parkland Light & Water Co

7%

No

Pend Oreille County PUD

2%

No

Peninsula Light Co

29%

No

Puget Sound Power & Light Co

48%

No

Seattle City Light

40%

No

Skamania County PUD

14%

No

Snohomish County PUD

31%

No

Tacoma Power

13%

No

Tanner Electric Coop

49%

No

Town of Steilacoom

36%

No

Vera Irrigation District #15

5%

No

Wahkiakum County PUD

2%

No

 

 


2/17/2021