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:
Workshop for the Purchases of Electricity rulemaking (UE-190837). The commission will hold a workshop to discuss the draft rules and questions posed in the notice of opportunity to comment, which can be found here.
Remote participation: Call 1 (360) 407-3810, Conference ID: 347351
Clean Energy Implementation Plan rulemaking (UE-191023): On Jan. 15, the Commission opened its Clean Energy Implementation Plan (CEIP) and Compliance with the Clean Energy Transformation Act rulemaking. The notice can be found here.
The commission requests public input on the timing and content of the CEIPs, among other topics. The public is invited to comment on the proposals, which can be found here.
Incremental Cost Requirements workshop with the Wash. Dept. of Commerce to discuss CETA compliance. Among other requirements, RCW 19.405.060(3) states that utilities may be considered compliant with CETA if they can demonstrate having made investments in compliance activities equal to a 2% increase in their sales revenue.
This workshop will be part of the commission’s CEIP rulemaking (UE-191023).
Tell us what you think
Voice your opinion on Washington state's transition to 100% clean energy by participating in the proceedings above. To file a comment in UTC rulemakings, click here.
The commission is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to participants with disabilities at its facilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for these workshops or meetings, please contact the commission at least one business day prior to the event by calling 1-360-664-1132 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.
For more information on the UTC's implementation of the Clean Energy Transformation Act, visit www.utc.wa.gov/CETA.
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