Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
CETA requires the state's electric utilities to fully transition to clean, renewable and non-emitting resources by 2045. Washington's investor-owned utilities (IOUs) must develop and implement plans to reduce greenhouse emissions or pay penalties for failing to meet requirements of the law. The UTC will develop programs and rules to review IOU plans and ensure compliance with legislative requirements.
The act sets the following mandatory targets:
The act contains provisions to ensure electric service reliability by allowing the UTC to temporarily relieve a utility of its greenhouse gas reduction obligation if the electric grid's reliability or safety is compromised. The act also contains safeguards for consumers to prevent electric bills from rapidly increasing as a result of the utilities' transition to clean energy resources. The UTC will review the utilities' financial plans for reducing and eliminating emissions from electric generation resources through the established rate case process.