Avista outlines goal to serve 80% of Washington customers renewable energy starting in 2022

<p><p>Avista Utilities has filed a plan with state regulators that describes its goals and progress toward clean energy.</p></p><p><p>The Spokane-based subsidiary of Avista Corp. filed the Clean Energy Implementation Plan, or CEIP, on Friday with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.</p></p><p><p>The plan, required by the state’s Clean Energy Transformation Act, outlines the utility’s actions in transitioning to clean energy through 2025.</p></p><p><p>In the plan, Avista indicated it will serve 80% of its customers in the state with renewable energy beginning in 2022. It will increase that number by 5% every two years.</p></p><p><p>The utility is planning to sell a portion of its renewable energy credits on behalf of customers through 2029. Avista estimated selling renewable credits should lower rates by 1% each year.</p></p><p><p>Avista also set a goal to reduce customer load by 2% over the next four years through incentives and programs to lower energy use. It has proposed a Named Communities Investment Fund, which if approved, would invest $5 million annually in projects, programs and initiatives to benefit customers in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.</p></p><p><p>The state’s Clean Energy Transformation Act requires electric supplies to be greenhouse gas neutral by 2030 and generated from zero-carbon resources by 2045.</p></p><p><p>“Our own clean energy goals and those set forth in CETA are ambitious, but we are committed to finding a path to get there in a way that balances reliability and affordability,” said Jason Thackston, Avista’s senior vice president of energy resources, in a news release.</p></p><p><p>“This CEIP includes benchmarks created with customer input that has been invaluable to this process and helps ensure we are benefiting all our customers.”</p></p><p><p><span class=”print_trim”>In 2019, Avista announced its goal to serve its customers with completely 100 percentclean electricity by 2045 and to have a carbon-neutral supply of electricity by the end of 2027. More than half of Avista’s current electric power generation is from clean hydropower, biomass, wind and solar.</span></p></p>