Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
The commission has completed its review of rules for how energy utilities plan for the future and acquire new resources to serve customers, by adopting "bidding" rules for electric utilities (Docket No. UE-030423).
The new rules make several changes from the previous rules in chapter 480-107 WAC (purchases of electricity from qualifying facilities and independent power producers and purchases of electrical savings from conservation suppliers):
The chapter was reorganized and rewritten for clarity.
Ranking criteria for evaluating project proposals now address environmental effects more directly.
When a utility, or a utility’s subsidiary or affiliate, submits a bid in response to a request for proposals (RFP), a competing bidder may ask the commission to appoint an independent third party to assist commission staff in its review of the bid. If the commission grants the request, the fees charged by the independent third party will be paid by the party that requested the review;
If a utility's integrated resource plan (IRP) shows no need for additional resources within three years, the utility does not have to issue a RFP. The three-year period was chosen because that is about the shortest time needed to secure new resources.
The commission adopted new rules for least cost plans (now known as "integrated resource plans") prepared by energy utilities under its jurisdiction on Jan. 9, 2006. (Docket Nos. UE-030311 for electric utilities, and UG-030312 for gas companies)