Washington State

Washington State commits to take the following actions to support the Global Lighting Challenge:

  • Improve the Washington State Energy Code and continue our work toward the statutory requirement of achieving near zero net energy buildings by 2031. Washington State’s 2015 energy code is already recognized as one of the most advanced in the U.S. including new lighting requirements that require installation of high-quality LED fixtures in most new commercial construction. Washington updates and improves the energy efficiency of its energy code on a regular three-year cycle.
  • Ensure that all Washington major electric utilities continue to identify and capture all cost-effective electricity efficiency in their service territories. Under the provision of Washington’s  Energy Independence Act all of the state’s largest electric utilities are required to identify all-cost effective electricity efficiency in their service territory and make substantial progress every two years toward achieve those requirements with penalties for non-achievement. Installation of new high efficiency lighting technologies, especially LEDs, in both new and existing buildings represents a major portion of that efficiency potential.
  • Achieve our state’s share of the  NW Power and Conservation Council  electricity efficiency targets set forth in the 2016 7th NW Power plan. Ever five to six years the NW Council develops a detailed plan for meeting the twenty-year electricity needs of the NW states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and western Montana. The current plan identifies 5 million megawatt-hours of cost-effective residential and commercial  lighting efficiency improvement available in the region over that  20 year period. About one-half of that amount (2.5 million megawatt-hours) are attributable to  Washington State. Washington state will be working to ensure that our current laws and efficiency programs will be fully implemented in order to capture all of those savings.
  • Seek opportunities where Washington can continue to adopt new energy efficient equipment standards not already regulated by the federal government. These will include efforts to adopt standards for small diameter directional LEDs and other light technologies, as appropriate. In addition, we will work closely with US DOE on the general service lighting backstop policies 
  • Expand our work to install of high-efficiency lighting in public buildings throughout Washington State. Washington has invested more than $1 billion in public building energy efficiency (state, local government, K-12, higher education) over the last three decades. Lighting efficiency has been a big part of those investment. We will continue to use public and private funds to improve the energy and lighting efficiency of  public buildings.
  • Retrofit all of Washington’s streetlights with high efficiency LEDs with five years. About one-half of all street lighting has already been upgraded to LED. We have several efforts underway to retrofit the remaining streetlights to LED. These include Relight WA, a program targeted to street lights in small municipalities, WA Dept. of Transportation retrofits on freeways and state highways, and our state energy efficiency grants program for state and local government facilities including streetlights.
  • Support the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, the region’s energy market transformation organization, to implement their new commercial lighting initiative. The potential available from that initiative is well summarized by Brent Barclay, energy efficiency program manager for the Bonneville Power Administration –“We knew that mainstream utility rebate programs had been tapping only a fraction of this very huge [LED] market  potential and we need to jointly create a new paradigm.”


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