Washington Renewable Energy Program

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The Washington Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Payment Program was created by the Washington Legislature to encourage the development of renewable energy projects in the state.

Through this program customers receive payments for energy generated from renewable generating systems. Participating customers receive annual payments based on the number of kilowatt-hours produced by the renewable energy facility times the applicable rate.

The rate a customer receives varies by the type of technology used in the generation facility and the state where the facility’s equipment was manufactured. Certification to participate in the program is granted by the Washington Department of Revenue.

Please note: Updated March 6, 2018 — On July 7, 2017, the Washington Governor signed SB 5939 promoting a sustainable, local renewable energy industry. Per the legislature, utilities, including Pacific Power will no longer manage the incentive program for the Washington Department of Revenue. The new administrator is the Washington State University energy program. To continue to participate, you must apply with WSU Energy Program no later than April 30, 2018. Learn more

Annual Adjustments

The total funds available for all annual incentive payments are based on the number of participants and the amount of generation each participant creates. The base rate will continue to be adjusted annually until it is possible to pay an incentive to all participants without exceeding the available funds.

Net metering

Net metering measures the difference between the electricity you buy from us and the electricity you generate using your own solar, wind or other acceptable renewable generating equipment. With net metering, you use the electricity you generate first, reducing what you would normally buy from us. If you generate more energy than you use, the excess goes through your electric meter and into the grid.

If you decide to participate, you will need to have your renewable generator approved by code. Then, you will need to sign a net metering agreement and we will install a net meter at your location.

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Generation interconnection

All generator interconnection requests are managed through PacifiCorp Transmission Service's (PTS) Generation Interconnection Queue according to the following set of procedures:

  • Generator interconnections subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) are processed according to the timelines and study procedures set forth in PacifiCorp’s Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT). Generators less than or equal to twenty (20) MWs (small) or more than twenty (20) MWs (large) that interconnect to PacifiCorp’s Transmission Systemand are not selling to PacifiCorp under a FERC-jurisdictional and are subject to the requirements set forth in the OATT.
  • Other generator interconnections (Qualifying Facilities and the first generators that are interconnecting to a PacifiCorp distribution circuit) are processed according to state rules, or in absence of state rules governing interconnections, they are processed according to the OATT study procedures for consistency and efficiency.

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