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
Avista  52% No
Benton County PUD 61% No
Benton Rural Electric Assn 122% No
Big Bend Electric Coop Inc 17% No
Chelan County PUD 3% No
*City of Blaine 15% No
City of Centralia  40% No
City of Cheney  27% No
City of Chewelah  0% n/a
City of Ellensburg  132% No
City of McCleary  26% No
City of Port Angeles  20% No
City of Richland  72% No
City of Sumas  1% No
Clallam County PUD 67% No
Clark County PUD 53% No
Clearwater Power Co. 43% No
Columbia Rural Electric Association 59% No
Cowlitz County PUD 18% No
Douglas County PUD 2% No
Elmhurst Mutual Power&Light Co 23% No
Ferry County PUD 36% No
Franklin County PUD 101% No
Grant County PUD 7% No
Grays Harbor County PUD 23% No
Inland Power & Light Co 54% No
Jefferson County PUD 146% No
Kittitas County PUD 313% Yes
Klickitat County PUD 103% No
Lakeview Light & Power Co 7% No
Lewis County PUD 33% No
Mason County PUD 1 50% No
Mason County PUD 3 38% No
Modern Electric Water Co 14% No
Nespelem Valley Elec Coop Inc 7% No
Ohop Mutual Light Co 42% No
Okanogan County Elec Coop Inc 151% No
Okanogan County PUD 14% No
Orcas Power & Light Co 303% Yes
Pacific County PUD 26% No
PacifiCorp 90% No
Parkland Light & Water Co 16% No
Pend Oreille County PUD 4% No
Peninsula Light Co 52% No
Puget Sound Energy 98% No
Seattle City Light 66% No
Skamania County PUD 40% No
Snohomish County PUD 62% No
Tacoma Power 41% No
Tanner Electric Coop 88% No
Town of Steilacoom  76% No
Vera Irrigation District #15 25% No
Wahkiakum County PUD 45% No
*June 2022 Data

Data current up to December 31, 2023