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2012 Washington State Energy Strategy

Date Last Updated5/13/2013
Policy TypeState Energy Plan
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeWashington State Department of Commerce (DOC), Energy Office
Policy Initiation Date12/1/2011
Policy SummaryThe 2012 Washington State Energy Strategy is the first detailed strategy undertaken by the state since 1993. The strategy focuses on energy and transportation, the largest energy using sector in the state. The strategy also addresses building energy use and distributed energy, including CHP. In Chapter 5, three key reasons are cited for including distributed energy in the strategy: timeliness (Washington has established incentives as well as policy mandates that encourage the development of both renewable and distributed energy systems), responsiveness (citizens and businesses are asking their state and utilities to help them with development of distributed energy systems), and the potential future contribution to the state's energy future (example of California with its goal to develop 12,000 megawatts of distributed energy facilities by 2020).

The near-term recommendations to advance distributed energy, including CHP, touch upon interconnection, net-metering and permitting. Longer-term recommendations involve distributed energy-compliant purchase power agreements, potential changes to Initiative 937 (the Energy Independence Act), and rationalizing state distributed energy incentives.
CHP Eligibility RequirementsDoes Not Specify
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
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Resource Website(s) http://www.commerce.wa.gov/Programs/Energy/Office/Topics/Pages/
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