Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
In 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed a set of bills setting an ambitious, multi-decade agenda that changes how electric and natural gas utilities acquire resources and provide energy services to Washington businesses and consumers. Among the 11 bills was the passage of Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5116, known as the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), which requires Washington's electric utilities to eliminate carbon emissions from their energy resources by 2045.
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 learn more, click here.
The UTC is largely responsible for ensuring IOUs meet CETA requirements. To learn more, click here.
The implementation of this package of energy legislation requires multiple state agencies to coordinate their rules and develop mutually supportive timelines for implementation. Those agencies include the state departments of Commerce, Ecology, Health, and Natural Resources. The UTC also expects stakeholders to provide comments on how to best implement the new laws.
Upcoming events and deadlines:
Jan. 15, 2020
Meeting of the Carbon and Electricity Markets Stakeholder Work Group, whose members were announced in November. The workgroup will assist the UTC and the Washington Dept. of Commerce in adopting 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.
Jan. 16, 2020
Methodologies for Modeling the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases joint workshop with the Washington Dept. of Commerce. The workshop will examine approaches to modeling the social cost of greenhouse gases in integrated resource planning as part of the agencies’ integrated resource plan rulemakings.
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