State regulators approved new rules Friday on how investor-owned utilities conserve energy and purchase renewables, which they said clarifies standards in the state’s Energy Independence Act.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission amended its rules for regulated utilities on energy conservation and purchasing renewable energy such as wind, upgraded hydro-power, or solar, consistent with recent legislative changes to the act.
The amended rules address conservation reporting requirements, renewable energy purchases, and facilitating the expansion of weatherization-assistance programs to help low-income customers with energy efficiency upgrade costs.
The act, approved by Washington voters in 2006, directs large electric utilities in the state to look at all cost-effective energy conservation and purchase renewable energy.
In 2014, the commission determined that the state’s three investor-owned electric companies are in compliance with the state conservation and renewable energy requirements.