UTC Clean Energy Bulletin – February 25

Source: UTC, Feb 25, 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

  • Today’s workshop for the Purchases of Electricity rulemaking begins at 9 a.m. at commission headquarters. Remote participation is available by calling (360) 407-3810, Conference ID: 347351.
  • Responses to questions asked in the commission’s Clean Energy Implementation Plan rulemaking (UE-191023), and other comments, are due by 5 p.m. Friday. The commission opened the rulemaking on Jan. 15 and requests public input on the timing and content of the CEIPs, among other topics. The notice can be found here.
  • Do you have comments or suggestions for making this weekly CETA bulletin more useful or engaging? Email kate.griffith@utc.wa.gov with your suggestions.

Upcoming events and deadlines

Feb. 25, 2020WorkshopWorkshop for the Purchases of Electricity rulemaking (UE-190837). The commission will hold a workshop to discuss the draft rules and questions posed in the notice of opportunity to comment, which can be found here.Remote participation: Call 1 (360) 407-3810, Conference ID: 347351
Feb. 28, 2020Comments dueClean Energy Implementation Plan rulemaking (UE-191023): On Jan. 15, the commission opened its Clean Energy Implementation Plan (CEIP) and Compliance with the Clean Energy Transformation Act rulemaking. The notice can be found here.The commission requests public input on the timing and content of the CEIPs, among other topics. The public is invited to comment on the proposals, which can be found here.
March 13, 2020Comments duePurchases of Electricity rulemaking (UE-190837). The commission requests public input on how these rules will address resource purchases, CETA requirements (including ensuring that all customers are benefiting from the transition to clean energy), and the use of an independent evaluator.
March 17, 2020WorkshopIncremental Cost Requirements workshop with the Wash. Dept. of Commerce to discuss CETA compliance. 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. This workshop will be part of the commission’s CEIP rulemaking (UE-191023).

Tell us what you think

Voice your opinion on Washington state’s transition to 100% clean energy by participating in the proceedings above. To file a comment in UTC rulemakings, click here.

The commission is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to participants with disabilities at its facilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for these workshops or meetings, please contact the commission at least one business day prior to the event by calling 1-360-664-1132 or by sending an email to human_resources@utc.wa.gov. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

For more information on the UTC’s implementation of the Clean Energy Transformation Act, visit www.utc.wa.gov/CETA.

Sign up for clean energy email updates here.