The Commission supports the implementation of cost-effective conservation programs by our electric and gas utilities. Below are links to obtain more specific information on programs offered by each utility.
Since 1995, Avista’s conservation programs have been funded through a surcharge in rates called a tariff rider. The tariff rider currently collects around $10 million in electric rates and $4 million in gas rates in Washington annually. Avista captured 49 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) and 1.2 million therms last year in its Washington service area. Call Avista at 1-877-576-9282 or check out their website for more information on their conservation programs: http://www.avistautilities.com/saving/default.asp
In 2000, Pacific Power put in place a surcharge to rates called the System Benefits Charge (SBC) to fund their conservation programs in Washington. The SBC collects around $5.6 million annually for programs that capture about 35 million kWh in electricity savings. Call PacifiCorp at 1-888-221-7070 or check out their website for more information on the programs they have available: http://www.pacificpower.net/
Puget Sound Energy
Since 1997, PSE has funded their conservation programs through a separate surcharge on customer bills. The electric conservation rider collects around $53 million annually for programs that capture about 273 million kWh in electricity savings. The natural gas conservation tracker collects around $12.3 million annually for programs that capture about 3.6 million therms in natural gas savings. Call PSE at 1-800-562-1482 or check out their website for more information on their programs: http://www.pse.com/energyEnvironment/renewableenergy4/Pages/Default.aspx
Northwest Natural Gas
In 2001, Northwest Natural began implementing gas conservation programs in Washington. The company was authorized to defer the expenditures in these programs annually, with recovery through the Purchased Gas Adjustment filings. Annual program expenditures for 2008 were around $60,000 and captured about 27,000 therms. The company is currently working with staff and the Energy Trust of Oregon to expand its conservation efforts in its Washington service territory. New program offerings are expected to be available to Washington customers in September, 2009. Call Northwest Natural at 1-800-422-4012 or check their website for specific program information: http://www.nwnatural.com/cms300/content_yourhome.asp?id=143
Cascade Natural Gas
In the fall of 2007, Cascade substantially expanded its energy efficiency program offerings. The company was authorized in 2002 to defer the expenditures in these programs annually, with recovery through the Purchased Gas Adjustment filings. Annual program expenditures for 2008 were around $2.3 million with natural gas energy savings of 335,000 therms. Cascade does not have a phone number for reference but check out their website for conservation tips and financing offers: http://www.cngc.com/index.asp
Go to our Energy Links section to find additional useful conservation resources.
Looking for ways to cut your electricity use, start with our energy conservation page.
Staff contact: Deborah Reynolds, 360-664-1255 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.