Carbon-Free PSE

Carbon-Free PSE

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2017 plan is still true: PSE’s 20-year plan is a blueprint for locking Washington into decades of fossil fuels and an outdated energy grid.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

If you or someone you know might be interested in attending a PSE “listening session” this fall to give input on PSE’s 20-year energy plan, or anything else they’re up to, click here to request that the event be held in Tacoma (which is centrally located and relatively convenient).

The 2019 planning process

Thanks to citizen participation in the 2017 hearings, PSE is starting to feel the weight of increased public attention. The 2019 planning cycle will now include four “IRP Advisory Group” meetings where public comments will be taken.

Your attendance at the first of these public comment events on August 28th is critical to drive home this point: PSE must come up with a blueprint for decarbonizing their electrical system in this planning cycle. No more business as usual! We cannot afford more delay.

Public Comment on PSE’s 20-year Plan
What: Public Comment Opportunity
When: Tuesday, August 28, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Where: Meydenbauer Center, Rooms 407 and 408, 1100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue 98004
PSE says they’ll validate on-site parking. The Bellevue Transit Center is one block away.

Please RSVP and share this event page.

Talking points now available: Here are seven key points, take your pick!

The full schedule of public comment meetings is available here.

Technical Advisory Group

The bulk of the planning work occurs in the Technical Advisory Group meetings, where the public can observe but public comment is limited.

Most of the first technical meeting on “Electric Resource Costs” was spent reviewing the set of generic power resources assembled for PSE by a consultant. From the response to stakeholder questions it was clear that the climate impacts of fracked gas were not included in this part of the cost calculation. We were told that the Social Cost of Carbon would be applied to upstream and downstream emissions in later modeling, but PSE has been resistant to accept that measure in the past. And clearly the economies of scale were being applied more to fracked gas than to wind: even the UTC representative remarked on it.

The next TAG meeting will be in September:

Technical Advisory Group Meeting #2
Topic: Preliminary Power and Natural Gas Prices and Natural Gas Resource Alternatives and Costs
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Time: Noon to 4:00pm
Location: TBD

Follow @PSEreporter on Twitter for day-of coverage of the #2019TAG meetings.

The complete agenda of TAG 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.

As PSE’s own record of the 2019 kick-off meeting indicate, many participants raised concerns with PSE’s public engagement process and reliance on fossil fuels.

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