Primary Power Resources take many forms, including nuclear energy, fossil energy — like oil, coal and natural gas — and renewable sources like wind, solar and the Northwest staple: hydropower. These primary sources are converted to electricity, which is a secondary energy source that flows through power lines and other transmission infrastructure to run your home and business.
Peninsula Light Company must annually report our electricity sources to the Dept. of Commerce, which in turn combines all utility data into a utility report for us to share with our members in the form of a Fuel Mixture Report.
2015 Fuel Mix Report
Utilities are required to report their annual fuel mixture information by generation category. PenLight is proud to report that 84.97% of wholesale electricity purchased in 2015 comes from hydropower. Wind power, a qualifying renewable energy source under the Washington State Energy Independence Act (Initiative 937), makes up 2.69% of the fuel mix.
The 2015 report further reflects that 9.27% of the electricity comes from the Columbia Generating Station, the nuclear power plant in south-central Washington. Only 2.91 percent of our power comes from fossil fuels. Below is PenLight’s fuel mixture for 2015.
Hydro 84.97% • Nuclear 9.27% • Wind 2.69% • Coal 2.02% • Natural Gas 0.87%
Biomass 0.10% • Waste 0.05% • Petroleum 0.02% • Landfill Gases 0.01% • Other 0.01%
Conservation and Renewable Energy
Washington’s Energy Independence Act (I-937) requires each qualifying utility to annually report its progress as it meets established conservation and renewable energy targets. The first reporting year was 2012, which covered conservation efforts in 2010–11 and renewable energy targets for 2012. PenLight submitted its most recent report to the state Department of Commerce on May 30, 2016, which reflects our conservation achievements for the reporting period 2014–2015 as well as our renewable energy target and acquisitions for 2016.
The conservation report summarizes the conservation savings PenLight achieved through the programs it made available to its members, such as duct sealing, window replacement, installation of high-efficiency heat pumps and water heaters, and upgrading lighting in commercial settings.
The renewable energy report summarizes the renewable energy resources PenLight acquired to meet its renewable energy target. PenLight utilized Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from regional wind projects, including Harvest Wind, to meet those requirements.
PenLight is required to submit a Resource Plan every two years to the state Department of Commerce (DOC). The plan forecasts PenLight’s loads for the next five and 10 years, and it also describes the resources it plans to use to serve those loads. Our 2016 Resource Plan will be submitted to the DOC in September 2016.
Conservation Potential Assessment
The objective of this report is to describe the results of PenLight’s 2015 Conservation Potential Assessment (CPA), which estimates energy savings available by sector for the time period 2010–2029, with an emphasis on the 10-year period of 2016-2025. The assessment considered a wide range of conservation resources that are reliable, available and cost‐effective within the 20‐year time horizon.
The conservation measures are based on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Sixth Power Plan, and the methodologies used are consistent with the Council’s methods. The results provide energy savings estimates that will assist PenLight in its future resource and energy-efficiency program planning.