WA UTC: July 30 Workshop on 2019 Energy Legislation

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission will hold a public workshop to discuss implementation of Washington’s new 100% clean electricity law.  The UTC will host a stakeholder workshop Tuesday, July 30, at 1:30 p.m. at the commission’s headquarters, located at 621 Woodland Square Loop SE in Lacey, WA.

On May 7, 2019, Governor Inslee signed E2SSB 5116, the Washington Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), which, among other things, requires Washington’s electric utilities to transition to 100% clean power by 2045. The bill also directs electric utilities to eliminate coal power from rates by 2025 and to provide offsets after 2030 for any carbon emissions from power generation sources.  Washington’s investor-owned utilities must develop and implement plans to distribute more electricity from renewable or non-carbon-emitting resources or pay penalties for failing to meet requirements of the law. The UTC will review companies’ plans and ensure compliance with legislative requirements.  Public input on these topics will help the commission prioritize its work to implement CETA and related legislation over the next two years.

The purpose of the July 30 workshop is to discuss the prioritization and timing of the commission’s proposed implementation plan for CETA and other legislative requirements, including:

  • Updates to electric planning and purchasing requirements,
  • Updates to the commission’s ratemaking policy standards,
  • Updates to the commission’s Energy Independence Act rules,
  • Guidelines for utilities’ clean energy implementation plans, and
  • Natural gas energy efficiency rules.

Those who are unable to attend the workshop in person can participate by calling 360-407-3810 and entering conference ID #347351. Web participation is also available.

To learn more about CETA and the commission’s work to implement 2019 energy legislation, visit the commission website at www.utc.wa.gov/cleanenergy.

If you have questions, you may contact Mark Vasconi, Director of Regulatory Services. He may be reached by mail at the address on this Notice, by email at mark.vasconi@utc.wa.gov, or by calling (360) 664-1308.