UTC Clean Energy Bulletin- April 21

Source: Washington Department of Commerce, April 21, 2020

New workshops, rulemakings, and upcoming dates

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

  • The UTC is monitoring the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak and its impact on regulated companies and the public. We have added a COVID-19 response page to our website to keep you informed of any changes to our operations.

Commission headquarters is currently closed, following Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Healthy, Stay Home” order. Open meetings and other official business will continue remotely during this closure. Please see the COVID-19 response page for more information.

  • The May 5 workshop discussing the integration of public participation across utility planning (Dockets UE-191023 and UE-190698, see event table below) will take place as a virtual webinar. An agenda for the workshop will be issued prior to the date of the workshop. If you are planning to attend the workshop, RSVP by emailing Energy Policy Advisor Kate Griffith at kate.griffith@utc.wa.gov. Your response will help us plan the pace and structure of the virtual workshop. 

Upcoming events and deadlines

April 30, 2020Workshop
The Markets Stakeholder Work Group (UE-190760) will hold its first educational workshop as a virtual meeting on Thursday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will cover the basics of energy markets and transmission. The public is invited to participate in the workshop.  To participate by phone, call 1-415-527-5035. To participate using your web browser, please use the following link: https://mybpa.webex.com/mybpa/j.php?MTID=m38888fce9f098c2adcc76d0d754b8f96  Meeting number: 905 082 353  Meeting password: umSCBcV3@82.
May 1, 2020Comments dueEnergy Independence Act rulemaking (UE-190652). The commission invites public input on a second round of proposed revisions to the rules governing implementation of the EIA. The proposed rules are available on the commission’s website at https://www.utc.wa.gov/190652. Comments are due by 5 p.m. Friday, May 1. 
May 5, 2020WorkshopThe commission will hold a workshop to discuss the integration of public participation across the integrated resource plan (docket UE- 190698) and clean energy implementation plan rules (docket UE-191023). Due to the current health emergency, the commission plans this workshop to take place via virtual webinar. A full workshop agenda will be issued in these dockets prior to the date of the workshop. To participate by phone, call (360) 407-3810 and enter conference ID 391906.  To participate via Skype, please use the following link: https://lync.wa.gov/utc.wa.gov/meet/aldcalendar/978ZHB4S. The workshop notice and additional instructions for Skype participation can be found here. If you are planning to attend this workshop, RSVP by emailing Energy Policy Advisor Kate Griffith at kate.griffith@utc.wa.gov.