Public invited to informational meeting about new PEAR External Advisory Group
New group to help advise UTC’s pro-equity anti-racism efforts
LACEY, Wash. – The Utilities and Transportation Commission is inviting all interested parties to attend a virtual informational meeting about its new PEAR (pro-equity anti-racism) External Advisory Group.
Attendees will learn more about this exciting opportunity, including the purpose and objectives of the advisory group, participation requirements, and meeting frequency and duration. Participants will also provide input on how the UTC should work with the advisory group.
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
Virtual-only informational meeting
WHEN and WHERE
1 p.m. or 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022
Attend either time online via Zoom (recommended), or by calling 253-215-8782 with Meeting ID: 874 5808 8130 and Pin: 032665.
Please fill out the meeting survey to let the UTC know whether you will attend, or cannot attend but are interested in learning more about the advisory group.
Translation services are available at no cost to you. If possible, please inform the commission at least one business day before the meeting by calling 360-664-1140, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need a reasonable accommodation to attend the meeting, please contact the UTC at least one business day before the meeting by calling 360-664-1132 or emailing email@example.com.
In March, Gov. Jay Inslee signed Executive Order 22-04, requiring all Washington state agencies to implement a pro-equity anti-racism strategy called the PEAR Plan & Playbook under the guidance of the Office of Equity. In September, the UTC published its PEAR Agency Commitment and PEAR Strategic Action Plan.
The UTC is establishing an external PEAR Advisory Workgroup, made up of members of the public, external partners, and utilities. The workgroup’s purpose is to advise the UTC in decision-making as it implements its PEAR Strategic Plan.
The UTC regulates the rates and services of investor-owned electric utilities, telecommunications, natural gas, and water companies, garbage-collection haulers, household-goods movers, charter-bus companies, commercial ferries, pipeline companies, and a low-level radioactive waste repository. The commission does not regulate broadband or internet services, including those provided by regulated telecommunications companies.