Local Government : Energy Audits

​​What is an energy audit?

The Energy Independence Act requires Washington's large utilities to obtain 15 percent of their electricity from new renewable resources such as solar and wind by 2020, and also undertake cost-effective energy conservation. To make sure that the qualifying, publicly-owned utilities comply with the Act, the State Auditor's Office examines their records detailing targets and achievements in both energy conservation and renewable energy. Energy conservation results cover two years; renewable energy results are presented annually.

​Where can I learn more about the law?

Utilities are required to report on their compliance status with the Washington Department of Commerce by June 1 of each year. The information in the June 1 reports has not been audited. Visit Commerce's website to view individual June 1 reports and other relevant information.

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