Washington State Department of Commerce Current Rulemaking Activity

Source: Washington State Department of Commerce, August 3, 2018.

Department of CommerceWAC 194-26:  Greenhouse Gas Emissions Performance Standard
Commerce is conducting rulemaking to update the average greenhouse gas emission rate from new, commercially available combined cycle combustion turbines, which is referenced in RCW 80.80.040 Greenhouse gas emission performance standard – Rules. Commerce’s rule is referred to in Dept. of Ecology rules that establish the state greenhouse gas emission performance standard for utility baseload electric generation, which is the lower of 1,100 pounds per megawatt-hour, or the average greenhouse gas emission rate as determined under RCW 80.80.050. The determination is to be updated every five years after July 22, 2007.

Commerce filed a draft rule and supplemental CR-102 on May 2 for publication on May 16. A public hearing on the proposed rule was held on June 11, and written comments were accepted through June 14. Based on comments received, Commerce filed a revised version of the proposed rule and a second supplemental CR-102 on July 18 for publication on Aug. 1.  A public hearing on the revised version of the proposed rule will be held at Commerce’s Olympia Office, 1011 Plum St. SE, Olympia, WA, 98504 on Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. A courtesy call-in line will be available to allow for comments to be provided by phone during the hearing. The call-in number is (360) 407-3780 and PIN Code is 402223#. Participants choosing to provide oral comments via the conference line are advised to also submit written comments, in the event of technical difficulties. Written comments may be submitted no later than Aug. 24 to Greg Nothstein, Washington State Department of Commerce, P.O. Box 42525, Olympia, WA, 98504-2525.

CR-101 (PDF)
CR-102 (PDF)
Supplemental CR-102 (PDF)
Proposed Rules (PDF)
Second supplemental CR-102 (PDF)
Revised Proposed Rules (PDF)

Upcoming Rulemaking Activity

Commerce publishes its rulemaking agenda in the Washington State Register twice per year. There may be additional rule-making activity not on the agenda as conditions warrant:
Current: July-December 2018
Previous: January-June 2018