Mandatory Utility Green Power Option (Washington)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Washington
Name Mandatory Utility Green Power Option
Incentive Type Mandatory Utility Green Power Option
Applicable Sector Investor-Owned Utility, Municipal Utility, Rural Electric Cooperative, PUD, Irrigation District, Mutual Corporation, all electric utilities serving more than 25, 000 customers
Eligible Technologies Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Landfill Gas, Municipal Solid Waste, Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Electric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2001-09-24
Last DSIRE Review 2012-12-12

References DSIRE[1]


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.

Beginning January 1, 2002, each electric utility must inform its customers on a quarterly basis of the voluntary option to purchase green power. The details of each utility's program must be approved by the state, and annual reports must be submitted from October 1, 2002, to October 1, 2012. A report summarizing the utilities' reports will be provided each year to the legislature.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) oversees programs developed by the state's investor-owned utilities. For information on a green power program offered by a specific utility, contact the utility directly.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Angela Burrell
Department Washington State Department of Commerce
Division Energy Policy
Address 1011 Plum St. SE
Address 2 PO Box 42525
Place Olympia, Washington
Zip/Postal Code 98504-2525
Phone (360) 725-3120


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: RCW 19.29A.090

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"