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General Information

  • WSI members testify at the Seattle City Council's Energy, Technology, and Civil Rights Committee Meeting on 3/3/2010
    • Agenda Items: Seattle Office for Civil Rights Commission Appointments, City Light financial policies, Revenue Stabilization Account, City Light Review Panel, Solar Demonstration.
    • Link to video:
    • Revelvant sections of the video are 5:15 - 16:30 and 90:00 - end

Completed Legislation

5101 - Providing incentives to support renewable energy

5111 - Providing tax incentives for solar energy systems

1007 - Sustainable Energy Trusts

6170 - Concerning environmental tax incentives

Community solar was defined as part of this bill.  See 6658 for a new bill to help resolve some of the ambiguities in 6170.

Legislation in progress

2471 - Net Metering Expansion

Brief Summary of Bill
  • Increases the allowable electrical generating nameplate capacity of a net metering system to two megawatts.
  • Increases, on January 1, 2014, the cumulative generating capacity available to net metering systems to 5 percent of the utility's peak demand during 1996.
  • Requires electric utilities to carry over excess kilowatt hour credits earned by a customer-generator and apply those credits to subsequent billing periods until all credits are used.
  • Permits a customer-generators to receive a lump-sum payment for excess
  • proposed bill
  • bill analysis
In plain English
  • The bill expands the current program to allow for more cumulative power, of up to 5% of utility 1996 peak demand from 0.25% previous, to be generated by a customer's renewable energy system. This could be of several different types including energy provided by water, wind, solar energy, or biogas from animal waste as a fuel.
  • The bill allows for excess power generated beyond a customer's monthly needs to accumulate and to "roll-over" to the following month and subsequently applied to the customer bill in that period.
  • The bill provides a means for the customer to be paid for excess power generated during a year.
  • The current version of this bill expands the system size of a customer facility to one (1) Megawatt.

2853 - Authorizing a local financing tool to fund energy efficiency upgrades and removing financial barriers to implementing energy conservation programs

Brief Summary of Bill from Bill Analysis
  • Authorizes municipalities to provide energy conservation services through a newly created energy conservation services utility or an existing electric, water, wastewater, solid waste, heating, or other utility system.
  • Specifies that a municipality may develop a plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from governmental activities.
  • Requires the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) to approve, upon request, a rate adjustment mechanism to allow an electrical or natural gas company to recover: (1) all cost-effective conservation expenditures; and (2) non-fuel revenue requirements that would have been recovered by the company absent conservation savings.
  • Current Bill
  • Bill Analysis
In plain English
  • The bill authorizes municipalities to create Energy Conservation Service units to provide "energy conservation services". The units could either be integral to an existing municipal utility's organization, or could be created new if there is no such previously existing organization. One key goal is to provide financing.
  • These units are similar to some that existed in the past where the focus was to assess an existing private structure for weather-proofing and efficiency upgrades such as insulated windows. Not only are the assessment, proposal, and installation services provided but also financing services can be provided. This bill focuses on financing of renewable energy systems with billing through regular billing process.
  • Funds for loans may be raised through issuance of bonds or other mechanisms. The loan is secured by the property and is limited to no more than 5% of the assessed value of the property. Payments on the loan are made through the applicable utility bill. The term can not exceed 240 months (20 years).
  • It is likely that the utility would contract through professional contractors in the field to provide services as described including assessment, design, acquisition, and installation.
  • There is a second section of the bill that provides for the utility to recover lost revenues associated with conservation by possibly rate increases. This section is at issue and the office of bill sponsor plans to introduce a revision with the section eliminated.

2536 - Concerning a standard offer contract for certain renewable energy systems

6658 - Modifying community solar project provisions for investment cost recovery incentives