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 with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. That “Integrated Resource Plan,” or IRP, outlines how the utility will bring energy to its customers.

The largest utility in our state is Puget Sound Energy and 60% of their electricity comes from fossil fuels. We need to change that. PSE must come up with a blueprint for decarbonizing their electrical system in this planning cycle.

Planning process
PSE exposes its planning work for the 2019 IRP in a series of 7 monthly Technical Advisory Group meetings. They’re open to the public but comment is limited.

The first technical meeting on “Electric Resource Costs” was spent reviewing the set of generic power resources assembled for PSE by a consultant. The final version of that report is available here.

The second TAG meeting was an all-day session focusing on carbon prices, gas prices and portfolio sensitivities. Whether PSE will continue to use an outdated version of the Social Cost of Carbon remains to be seen.

The third TAG focused on demand-side resources for electricity and fracked gas and was marked by frustration from TAG members at the constrained commenting format and lack of dialog.

With new facilitation, the fourth TAG on system planning, portfolio sensitivities and load forecast included more dialog between organizers and TAG members, with topics including the controversial Energize Eastside project and PSE’s use of the Social Cost of Carbon.

Technical Advisory Group Meeting #5 – Renewable resource adequacy, and gas planning standard
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019
Time: 9:30am to 5:30pm
Location: Bellevue Hilton, King County Room, 300 112 Ave. SE, Bellevue 98004

Here’s the agenda.

Audio-only call-in number: 866-430-7034; Access code: 958-511-3403.

Click here to download the Presentation slide deck.

Submit written comments to Michele Kvam.

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

The updated agenda for all PSE planning meetings is available here.

Executive listening session
PSE has finally scheduled David Mills, Vice-President of Policy and Energy Supply, their official point of contact for PSE carbon reduction goals, to attend a public meeting on Monday, March 18, 2019, at the Bellevue Hilton.

Don’t believe the hype
PSE’s 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.

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