January 21, 2020 Weekly UTC Bulletin

Source: UTC, Jan 21, 2020

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

The 2019 Clean Energy Transformation Act 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 Jan. 15, the commission opened its Clean Energy Implementation Plan and Compliance with the Clean Energy Transformation Act rulemaking (UE-191023). The rulemaking will develop procedures to guide utilities in drafting new, statutorily required, clean energy plans. The notice can be found here. Comments on the notice questions are due Feb. 28.
  • On Jan. 16, the commission issued a formal notice for its Feb. 5 equity in utility planning joint workshop with the Washington Dept. of Commerce. The notice can be found here. The workshop will take place at commission headquarters in Lacey starting at 8:30 a.m.
  • On March 17, the commission will a host a joint workshop with the Washington Dept. of Commerce to discuss incremental cost requirements for utilities in complying with CETA. 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. A formal notice will be forthcoming.

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