Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
The UTC is largely responsible for ensuring IOUs meet CETA requirements. Some of the UTC's key roles include:
Ratepayer cost and reliability protections: CETA limits cost increases for consumers due to the effects of the clean energy law to 2% per year. The UTC will establish these rules by 2021. The UTC is also authorized to temporarily relieve a utility of its emission reduction obligation if the electric grid's reliability or safety is compromised.
Low-income support and public interest considerations: The UTC will develop new rules for low-income customer support, the reduction of energy burden for vulnerable populations, and other ways to equitably distribute clean energy benefits to utility customers.
Improving wholesale electricity markets: By 2022, the UTC and the Dept. of Commerce will adopt rules for reporting wholesale power transactions to ensure the benefits of clean energy, such as renewable energy credits, are not double-counted between Washington and other states with carbon cap-and-trade programs.
Participating in state advisory committees and workgroups: The UTC will participate in a variety of workgroups and advisory committees including:
Supporting the Dept. of Commerce in developing CETA effectiveness reports that include analysis of customer rate impacts and electric grid reliability;
Participating in the Energy Strategy Advisory Committee, which will review CETA's alignment with the state's greenhouse gas reduction targets;
Participating in the Energy and Climate Policy Advisory Committee, which will review new and existing energy-related programs; and
Participating in a workgroup led by the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council that will review the need for upgraded and new electricity transmission and distribution facilities to deliver power to population centers.