Seattle City Light provides incentives for builders, developers, and architects who construct energy efficient multi-family buildings. The program is designed to encourage the construction of buildings which provide maximum comfort and also incorporated resource conservation. Incentive amounts are broken into three categories, which vary depending on wall depth and glazing area as a percentage of the conditioned floor area.
Richland Energy Services (RES) provides a number of rebates encouraging energy efficiency for its residential customers. Rebates exist for Energy Star home appliances, HVAC equipment and improvements, and also window and insulation upgrades. Rebates for insulation upgrades vary according to the prexisting insulation levels present in a home.
The City of Richland provides low-interest loans to encourageit residential customers to pursue equipment upgrades and home improvement measures that will increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Loans can be taken out for up to 10 years with interest rates ranging from between 3% and 7%; the interest rate generally decreases with shorter loan payback periods. Interest rates can also be reduced by choosing equipment and measures which exceed the program's minimum efficiency standards.
The City of Richland (COR) provides rebates to encourage commercial utility customers to increase the energy efficiency of facilities by replacing existing lighting systems with more efficient equipment. The rebate amount varies widely depending on the type of lighting being installed and the lighting type being replaced. Incentives cannot exceed 70% of the total project cost, and projects must achieve at least a 30% wattage reduction and carry a simple payback of at least one year to qualify.
In January 2005, the District of Columbia Council enacted a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that applies to all retail electricity sales in the District. In October 2008 the RPS was amended by the [http://dcclims1.dccouncil.us/images/00001/20080819161530.pdf Clean and Affordable Energy Act (CAEA) of 2008].
With the passage of [http://www.secstate.wa.gov/elections/initiatives/text/I937.pdf Initiative 937] in 2006, Washington became the second state after Colorado to pass a renewable energy standard by ballot initiative. Initiative 937 calls for electric utilities that serve more than 25,000 customers in the state of Washington to obtain 15% of their electricity from new renewable resources by 2020 ''and'' to undertake all cost-effective energy conservation.
In Washington State, there is a 75% exemption from tax for the sales of equipment used to generate electricity using fuel cells, wind, sun, biomass energy, tidal or wave energy, geothermal, anaerobic digestion or landfill gas. The tax exemption applies to labor and services related to the installation of the equipment, as well as to the sale of equipment and machinery. Eligible systems are those with a generating capacity of at least 1 kilowatt (kW). Purchasers of the systems listed above may claim an exemption in the form of a remittance.
In February 2009, the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) introduced the Renewable Energy Incentive Program (REIP), a rebate for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. In April 2012, solar thermal systems became eligible for the REIP program. The REIP is funded through the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund which is supported by a public benefits charge on utility bills. The DDOE reportedly also plans to introduce incentives for additional technologies, including wind, geothermal, and methane/waste gas capture.
In May 2005, Washington enacted Senate Bill 5101, establishing production incentives for individuals, businesses, and local governments that generate electricity from solar power, wind power or anaerobic digesters. The incentive amount paid to the producer starts at a base rate of $0.15 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) and is adjusted by multiplying the incentive by the following factors:
* For electricity produced using solar modules manufactured in Washington state: 2.4
This entry lists the states with Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) policies that accept generation located in District of Columbia as eligible sources towards their RPS targets or goals. For specific information with regard to eligible technologies or other restrictions which may vary by state, see the RPS policy entries for the individual states, shown below in the Authority listings. Typically energy must be delivered to an in-state utility or Load Serving Entity, and often only a portion of compliance targets may be met by out-of-state generation.