- MEDIA ADVISORY -
UTC hosting wildfire season debrief with electric utilities
LACEY, Wash. - The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission is holding a recessed open meeting on Nov. 3 to debrief with its regulated investor-owned electric utilities on the 2022 wildfire season.
At the meeting, each utility will present about the effectiveness of its fire mitigation and communication plans, lessons learned, and any planned changes.
Virtual-only recessed open meeting
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
WHEN and WHERE
9 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 3
Join the meeting virtually via Zoom (recommended), or call 253-215-8782 and use Conference ID 992 0075 8178# and Passcode 759393#.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In May 2021 the commission held a recessed open meeting to hear from regulated electric utilities about their preparedness for the 2021 wildfire season — Avista, Puget Sound Energy, and PacifiCorp. In November 2021, the commission asked utilities to report on the effectiveness of those plans and to plan for the following wildfire season.
Then, this April, the commission again asked the utilities to present updated wildfire mitigation and communication plans before the 2022 wildfire season and is now asking for a debrief as the season ends.
The UTC is the state agency that regulates private, investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities in Washington. It is the commission’s responsibility to ensure regulated companies provide safe and reliable service to customers at reasonable rates, while allowing them the opportunity to earn a fair profit.