There is Solar Energy
There is Wind Energy
Now, there is Efficiency Energy
On January 16, 2020, Seattle City Light (SCL) finalized its plan to expand its use of MEETS, building on the success of the utility’s pilot at the Bullitt Center. SCL calls the program Energy Efficiency as a Service (EEaS).
A New Resource: Efficiency Energy
During the development of this program, the MEETS Coalition strongly advocated for the adoption of a new term: “Efficiency Energy.” Seattle City Light agreed.
- Efficiency Energy is metered, not estimated or deemed.
- Efficiency Energy is transacted in energy units. In this case, kWhs.
- Efficiency Energy is procured, as an energy resource, under a power purchase agreement, just like wind and solar.
- Efficiency Energy is sold to the end use customer as an energy resource.
MEETS/EEaS Changes the Way EE Transacts
- An Efficiency Energy Developer signs a long-term power purchase agreement with the utility.
- In the EEaS program, SCL is paying 7% less than the initial retail rate, for up to 20 years, with a 2% escalator. This creates the cashflows necessary for deep EE.
- Efficiency Energy is metered by an independent, unbiased, and transparent third-party on a monthly basis. There is no “black box.”
- No utility incentives are paid. Hence, MEETS/EEaS make EE less expensive for utilities than traditional approaches.
- The utility places the metered Efficiency Energy on the building’s retail energy bill.
- If properly accounted for, this eliminates the “lost units” that contribute to the utility “death spiral.”
Seattle’s Road to MEETS Expansion
Seattle City Light received unanimous regulatory approval for up to 30 commercial buildings and is seeking 15 in this first round solicitation. The utility announcement and program description can be found here. The deadline is March 31, 2020.
Want to Learn More?
The MEETS Coalition has played a significant role in assisting SCL in the development of EEaS program details, engaging external stakeholders, and working to align interests. We invite you to connect with us to discuss opportunities in Seattle or to see how MEETS could help your community or business meet its goals. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.