PSE’s 2019 20-Year Plan

Every two years, each of Washington’s for-profit utilities must file a 20-year energy plan, known as an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission that outlines how the utility will bring energy to its customers.

What we said last year about the 2017 plan is still true: PSE’s 20-year plan is a blueprint for locking Washington into decades of fossil fuels and an outdated energy grid.

More about the 2017 plan here, but you get the picture.

The 2019 planning process

Thanks to citizen participation in the 2017 hearings, PSE is starting to feel the weight of increased public attention. Their response? Corral the public into four “IRP Advisory Group” meetings where comments will be taken on their selective technical material while excluding their most vocal neighborhood stakeholders from the eight Technical meetings where only invited stakeholders get a seat at the table and the public can attend but can’t contribute.

Technical Advisory Group

Through arbitrary application of mysterious criteria, PSE has sidelined many voices who have been helping to shape multiple previous IRPs. If PSE gets away with this, members of the new group may find themselves disinvited in the future. Fear of being excluded will suppress strong criticism.

If you can spare the afternoon, come and be a witness:

Technical Advisory Group Meeting #1

Topic: Electric Resource Costs and 2019 IRP Work Plan

Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018

Time: Noon to 4:00pm

Location: Paccar Atrium (Room N201); Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle SE; Bellevue, WA 98007

The complete agenda of TAG meetings is available here.

Public Comment Meetings

Your attendance at the “IRP Advisory Group” meetings is critical. Our demand is that PSE come up with a blueprint for decarbonizing their electrical system in this planning cycle. We cannot afford more delay.

The next IRP Advisory Group meeting will be August 28. The location has not yet been announced.

The schedule of public comment meetings is available here.

PSE cannot be trusted

PSE has been deceitful and capricious in their engagement with the public. Their long-range planning consistently falls short of the climate goals upon which our survival depends. Their for-profit business model is based on getting state approval for big capital projects and earning a guaranteed rate of return on their investment, not, as their expert greenwashing would have us believe, providing renewable energy.

The May 30th kick-off meeting for the 2019 planning process was announced with insufficient notice, and then abruptly moved from Bellevue to Olympia with less than a full day’s warning. As the Final Meeting Notes of that meeting indicate, many participants raised concerns with PSE’s public engagement process, reliance on fossil fuels, greenwashing, flawed business model, and inaccurate planning parameters.

Your participation is needed to ensure that PSE plans for a future we can live in.