The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is offering a rebate program for homeowners who purchase and install an eligible heat pump water heater. A rebate of $750 is offered for qualifying heat pump water heater units. New units must replace an existing electric water heater and must be installed by a Smart Water Heat oriented contractor. New construction is also eligible for the rebate. All program requirements for equipment and installation must be met in order to receive rebates. Incentives are available through December 31, 2013 (while funds last).
Washington's net-metering law applies to systems up to 100 kilowatts (kW) in capacity that generate electricity using solar, wind, hydro, biogas from animal waste, or combined heat and power technologies (including fuel cells). All customer classes are eligible, and all utilities -- including municipal utilities and electric cooperatives -- must offer net metering.
In the District of Columbia (DC), net metering is currently available to residential and commercial customer-generators with systems powered by renewable-energy sources, combined heat and power (CHP), fuel cells and microturbines, with a maximum capacity of 1 megawatt (MW). The term "renewable energy sources" is defined as solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, biomass, hydroelectric power and digester gas. In October 2008, the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 (Council Bill 17-492) expanded the limit on individual system size from 100 kilowatts (kW) to 1 MW .
Energy Trust of Oregon administers energy efficiency rebate programs for both residential and commercial customers of NW Natural in Washington. Energy Trust is awarding the rebates and providing resources and technical assistance to interested customers. To be eligible for the residential rebate program, customers must own a home in Washington and the home must primarily be heated with gas. A variety of energy efficiency improvements are eligible for rebates, including, insulation, windows, air and duct sealing, tankless water heaters, and furnaces.
Builders with new construction projects in NW Natural’s Washington gas service territory are eligible to receive cash incentives from Energy Trust of Oregon for gas heated homes that receive Energy Star certification. Incentives for builders are available until December 31, 2012 and are subject to availability. For more information on the incentive program for builders, see the program web site.
Energy Trust of Oregon administers energy efficiency rebate programs for both residential and commercial customers of NW Natural in Washington. Energy Trust is awarding the rebates and providing resources and technical assistance to interested customers. To be eligible for the commercial gas rebate program, customers must own an existing building in Washington and the improvements must be related to natural gas.
Mason County PUD 3 encourages customers to use energy efficient products and home equipment by offering incentives for the purchase of qualifying products. The utility offers residential customers rebates for various measures, including:
Mason County PUD 3 offers rebates to its non-residential customers for implementing energy efficient lighting, motor rewinds, refrigeration, commercial cooking equipment, and custom projects. Prescriptive rebates vary by type and the efficiency of purchased equipment. Information on some of these programs is available on the program web site. For more details on all rebate programs, contact the Energy Conservation Department at Mason County PUD 3.
In May 2001, Washington enacted legislation (EHB 2247) that requires all electric utilities serving more than 25,000 customers to offer customers the option of purchasing renewable energy. Eligible renewables include wind, solar, geothermal, landfill gas, wave or tidal action, wastewater treatment gas, certain biomass resources, and "qualified hydropower" that is fish-friendly.
The District reviews designs for new pollution sources and design modifications for existing sources. Permits are issued to allow sources to emit limited and specified amounts of pollution as allowed by air quality laws and regulations. Major sources include power plants, heating plants, and large printing facilities. Three types of permits are issued: pre-construction review permits; new source review permits; and operating permits. These permits include conditions intended to minimize emissions of air pollutants and ensure proper operation of the regulated source.