Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission Chairman David W. Danner told the House Energy and Power Subcommittee that the proposal gives state flexibility.
Washington’s electricity sector has a relatively small carbon footprint compared to other states, but that does not mean that Washington got off easily. EPA assigned Washington the highest percentage reduction target of any state, 72 percent. To achieve its target, Washington must significantly reduce the emissions from fossil-fueled power, increase its percentage of load served by non-hydro renewable energy, and increase its energy efficiency efforts to achieve 1.5 percent of annual load served by conservation. In each of these areas, we believe Washington is well-positioned and can meet its target, assuming EPA assumptions of Washington’s reduction potential are accurate.