In September 2007, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) adopted interconnection standards for distributed generation (DG) systems up to 20 megawatts (MW) in capacity. The revised standards provide for two separate levels of interconnection based on system capacity. The first level applies to systems up to 300 kilowatts (kW).
The King County Green Building Initiative started in 2001, and was included in the King Code Code with the Green Building and Sustainable Development Ordinance in 2008. The ordinance requires that all county-owned facilities and financial capital projects be built to LEED Gold standards, including new construction, major renovations, and projects using alternative funding. Major renovations are defined in the statutes as work that affects more than twenty-five percent of a building's square footage when the affected space is 5,000 square feet or more.
Lakeview Light and Power offers a commercial lighting rebate program. Rebates apply to the installation of energy efficient lighting retrofits in non-residential buildings. The rebate program is funded by BPA and ends in September of 2010 or earlier if the funding is exhausted. Lakeview Light & Power hired Demand Side Engineering (DSE) to administer the program. Contact Lakeview Light and Power for more information on this program.
Lakeview Light and Power, in association with the Bonneville Power Administration, offers the Energy Smart Program through which grocery stores, convenient stores, and similar vendors can save energy through energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits. Customers receive a free complete energy analysis of the facility’s refrigeration and lighting, and a customized report that outlines potential energy savings, rebate amounts, retrofit costs, and simple paybacks. The EnergySmart Program then provides over sixty rebates for a wide variety of energy saving measures.
[http://www.lcpud.org/index.html Lewis County PUD] offers rebates for commercial and industrial lighting, as well as industrial process upgrades, on a case-by-case basis. Eligible industrial processes upgrades include premium efficiency motors (as part of a larger project), motor controllers and adjustable speed drives, pumps, compressed air systems, refrigeration, and dryers.
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.
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.
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:
Franklin County PUD's Residential Rebate Program offers a variety of rebates for energy efficiency improvements for homes located in the Franklin PUD service area. Rebates are offered on energy efficient clothes washers, water heaters, duct sealing, air source and geothermal heat pumps, windows, and weatherization measures. Customers must use pre-approved contractors, which are available on a list included on the program application.
Under regulations adopted by the D.C. Public Service Commission, all electricity suppliers and electricity companies operating in the District of Columbia must report to the Commission every six months the fuel mix of electricity sold and the emissions produced. The fuel mix report must be in a format similar to the information provided by the PJM Environmental Information Services (PJM EIS).