Energy Independence Act Background

The Energy Independence Act (also known as EIA or I-937) requires that utilities use eligible renewable energy for a portion of their electricity supplies. It includes an alternative compliance method available only to utilities whose retail power sales have not grown. The growth calculation method in the statute is not clear, and in 2008 Commerce adopted a rule to interpret the statute and resolve the issue.

Preproposal Statement of Inquiry - Calculation of Utility Load Growth

Commerce will conduct an informal stakeholder workshop on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, to discuss potential changes to the no-growth calculation method in rule. The workshop will cover the stakeholder comments and background information posted below.

The workshop will take place at 2 pm, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at Commerce’s headquarters in Olympia. Please note that visitor parking at our building has changed. A visitor parking permit visitor parking permit may be printed ahead of time or obtained at the reception desk. Parking map.

To participate remotely, use the link or telephone number listed below:

Program Links


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Glenn Blackmon
Phone: 360-725-3115

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