January 2004 - The State of Washington reported that utility green power sales doubled in the past year while the number of customers participating in utility green pricing programs increased by nearly 50%. Washington utilities collectively sold nearly 57 million kWh of green power in 2003 with wind energy representing about 95% of the sales. Puget Sound Energy accounted for about 45% of total utility green pricing sales. And while customer participation rates for most utility programs are less than 1%, one utility, Orcas Power and Light, achieved a participation rate of 4.9% in 2003.
State law requires all electric utilities serving more than 25,000 meters to offer their retail customers a green power option and to annually report details of their green power programs to the state. In addition to sales through voluntary programs, the utilities added an estimated 25 average megawatts (aMW) of wind power and 25 aMW of landfill gas to the state resource portfolio in 2003.
Full Report - 2003 Green Power Programs in Washington: A Report to the Legislature (MS Word 183 KB)
State Contact: Liz Klumpp (360) 956-2071