New workshops, new rulemakings, and upcoming dates from UTC

Source: UTC, Dec 3, 2019

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission invites the public to participate in its work to implement Washington’s 2019 clean energy legislation.

The Clean Energy Transformation Act, passed during the 2019 legislative session, requires electric utilities to transition to a carbon-neutral supply of electricity by 2030 and source 100% of their electricity from renewable or non-carbon-emitting sources by 2045.

Over the next two years, the commission will conduct numerous rulemakings, workgroups, and other proceedings to implement these changes along with other energy legislation enacted during the 2019 session.

New announcements

  • On Nov. 19 the UTC and the Washington Dept. of Commerce announced nominations to a joint markets workgroup. The workgroup will assist the agencies 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.
  • On Jan. 16, 2020, the UTC will host a joint workshop with the Washington Dept. of Commerce on the Methodologies for Modeling the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases. The workshop will examine approaches to modeling the social cost of greenhouse gases in energy resource planning as part of the agencies’ integrated resource plan. The workshop will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at UTC headquarters.
  • On Feb. 5, 2020, the UTC will host a joint workshop with the Washington Dept. of Commerce on Equity and the Utility Planning Process. The workshop will focus on equity provisions in the transition to 100% clean electricity and the equitable distribution of benefits in the utility planning process. The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at UTC headquarters.

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