Resolution Information

A RESOLUTION OF the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, WASHINGTON

SUPPORTING changes in the Energy Independence Act to

Protect Our Washington Energy Rates

 

Whereas, the Energy Independence Act (EIA), requires qualifying utilities to incrementally increase the amount of eligible renewable resources to 15 percent by 2020 and to pursue all cost-effective conservation requirements starting in 2010; AND

 

WHEREAS, the eligible renewable resources are narrowly defined to exclude existing hydropower, a clean renewable resource supplying over two-thirds of the electricity in the state of Washington; AND

 

WHEREAS, many utilities’ energy demands are not growing as projected or have declined due to the combination of successful conservation programs and the poor economy; AND

 

WHEREAS, the EIA requires qualifying utilities to purchase specific eligible renewable energy resources or renewable energy credits even if the utilities don’t need additional power; AND

 

WHEREAS, the purchase of unneeded eligible renewable energy resources or renewable energy credits will have a detrimental impact on utility budgets and increase customer rates and negatively affecting the economy; AND

 

WHEREAS, a change in the law is needed to provide qualifying utilities the choice to avoid the purchase of unneeded renewable energy or renewable energy credits; AND

 

WHEREAS, a change in the law could be made without changing the overall intent of the EIA, which is to encourage the use of conservation and the use of renewable energy resources; AND

 

WHEREAS, a change in the law is needed to protect ratepayers from unnecessary additional costs that will result in unwanted rate increases and further encumber the economy.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce hereby supports a legislative change to protect qualifying utilities from the purchase of eligible renewable energy resources or renewable energy credits not needed to serve customers’ loads.

 

AND, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce hereby supports Citizens for Protecting Our Washington Energy Rates.

 

APPROVED AND ADOPTED by John Crook, Chair of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Washington, at a meeting this 18th day of July 2012.