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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

Avista

30%

No

Benton County PUD

45%

No

Benton Rural Electric Assn

87%

No

Big Bend Electric Coop Inc

14%

No

Chelan County PUD

2%

No

City of Blaine

15%

No

City of Centralia

26%

No

City of Cheney

11%

No

City of Chewelah

0%

No

City of Ellensburg

125%

No

City of McCleary

13%

No

City of Port Angeles

14%

No

City of Richland

43%

No

City of Sumas

8%

No

Clallam County PUD

46%

No

Clark County PUD

36%

No

Clearwater Power Co.

36%

No

Columbia Rural Electric Association

39%

No

Cowlitz County PUD

12%

No

Douglas County PUD

1%

No

Elmhurst Mutual Power&Light Co

15%

No

Ferry County PUD

23%

No

Franklin County PUD

62%

No

Grant County PUD

5%

No

Grays Harbor County PUD

12%

No

Inland Power & Light Co

35%

No

Jefferson County PUD

111%

No

Kittitas County PUD

260%

Yes

Klickitat County PUD

69%

No

Lakeview Light & Power Co

4%

No

Lewis County PUD

25%

No

Mason County PUD 1

43%

No

Mason County PUD 3

25%

No

Modern Electric Water Co

7%

No

Nespelem Valley Elec Coop Inc

2%

No

Ohop Mutual Light Co

27%

No

*Okanogan County Elec Coop Inc

92%

No

Okanogan County PUD

11%

No

Orcas Power & Light Co

198%

No

Pacific County PUD

22%

No

PacifiCorp

64%

No

Parkland Light & Water Co

6%

No

Pend Oreille County PUD

2%

No

Peninsula Light Co

38%

No

Puget Sound Power & Light Co

67%

No

Seattle City Light

55%

No

Skamania County PUD

24%

No

Snohomish County PUD

45%

No

Tacoma Power

26%

No

Tanner Electric Coop

65%

No

Town of Steilacoom

54%

No

Vera Irrigation District #15

15%

No

Wahkiakum County PUD

32%

No

*Data from January 2022

Data is current up to July 31, 2022