State regulators approve Avista’s clean energy plan

State regulators have approved a plan filed by Avista Utilities that outlines its goals and progress toward clean energy through 2025.

The Spokane-based subsidiary of Avista Corp. filed the Clean Energy Implementation Plan, or CEIP, in October with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.

The plan, required by the state’s Clean Energy Transformation Act, outlines the utility’s actions in transitioning to clean energy over the next three years.

UTC approved the plan last week, according to a statement from the company.

The state’s Clean Energy Transformation Act requires electricity supply to be greenhouse gas neutral by 2030 and generated from carbon-free resources by 2045.

“This plan builds on our longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability,” Jason Thackston, senior vice president of energy resources at Avista, said in a statement.

“Our own clean energy goals and those set out in CETA are ambitious, but we are committed to finding a way to achieve them in a way that balances reliability and affordability.”

In the plan, Avista said it will serve 40% of its customers in the state with renewable energy starting this year.

It will increase that number to 65% by the end of 2025.

Avista intends to reduce customer load by 2%, or 204,305 megawatt hours, over the next four years through incentives and programs aimed at reducing energy consumption without impacting customers.

Avista will also invest $5 million annually in projects, programs and initiatives to benefit customers in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.

Avista is hosting a virtual public meeting Thursday at 5 p.m. to discuss the approved CEIP. A link to the meeting can be found at: myavista.com/CETA.


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