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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

21%

No

Benton County PUD

30%

No

Benton Rural Electric Assn

59%

No

Big Bend Electric Coop Inc

11%

No

Chelan County PUD

2%

No

City of Blaine

12%

No

City of Centralia

25%

No

City of Cheney

1%

No

City of Chewelah

0%

No

City of Ellensburg

73%

No

City of McCleary

9%

No

City of Port Angeles

12%

No

City of Richland

29%

No

City of Sumas

1%

No

Clallam County PUD

40%

No

Clark County PUD

28%

No

Clearwater Power Co.

27%

No

Columbia Rural Electric Association

39%

No

Cowlitz County PUD

10%

No

Douglas County PUD

1%

No

Elmhurst Mutual Power&Light Co

10%

No

Ferry County PUD

14%

No

Franklin County PUD

44%

No

Grant County PUD

5%

No

Grays Harbor County PUD

8%

No

Inland Power & Light Co

28%

No

Jefferson County PUD

93%

No

Kittitas County PUD

223%

Yes

Klickitat County PUD

55%

No

Lakeview Light & Power Co

1%

No

Lewis County PUD

20%

No

Mason County PUD 3

20%

No

Modern Electric Water Co

2%

No

Nespelem Valley Elec Coop Inc

2%

No

Ohop Mutual Light Co

17%

No

Okanogan County Elec Coop Inc

67%

No

Okanogan County PUD

7%

No

Orcas Power & Light Co

168%

No

Pacific County PUD

18%

No

PacifiCorp

52%

No

Parkland Light & Water Co

6%

No

Pend Oreille County PUD

2%

No

Peninsula Light Co

29%

No

Puget Sound Power & Light Co

53%

No

Seattle City Light

44%

No

Skamania County PUD

2%

No

Snohomish County PUD

32%

No

Tacoma Power

16%

No

Tanner Electric Coop

57%

No

Town of Steilacoom

43%

No

Vera Irrigation District #15

5%

No

Wahkiakum County PUD

2%

No

 

 


9/23/2021