Washington Commission Says Avista Is Meeting Renewable Energy Goals

Aug 9, 2019

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission says Avista is exceeding its state-mandated 2019 renewable energy goals.
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A Washington state commission says Avista is on its way to meeting its renewable energy goals for the year, as required by state law.

Kate Griffith is a spokeswoman for the Utilities and Transportation Commission, which announced its finding yesterday [Thursday].

“In 2006, Washington voters approved the Energy Independence Act, which requires electric utilities like Avista to obtain a certain amount of their electricity from renewable resources, including wind, solar and hydropower. In 2019, at least 9% of the company’s electric load must be supplied using renewable resources,” Griffith said.

Griffith says Avista exceeded its goal by about 50%. Next year, the state will require Avista and other utilities in the state to increase to 15% the share of their electric loads generated by renewable energy sources.

Avista is required to file a report within two years that specifies which resources it used to meet the state mandate.