UTC Clean Energy Bulletin- April 28

Source: Washington Department of Commerce, April 28, 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

  • Commission headquarters is currently closed, and our staff are following Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Healthy, Stay Home” order. Open meetings and other official business will continue remotely during this closure. Please see the commission’s COVID-19 response page for more information on impacts to our operations and regulated industries. 
  • The May 5 workshop discussing the integration of public participation across utility planning (dockets UE-191023 and UE-190698) will take place as a virtual webinar. An agenda for the workshop was issued today and can be found here. 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. 
  • The agenda and presentation materials for the Thursday, April 30, Markets Stakeholder Work Group (docket UE-190760) presentation have been posted here
  • The Department of Commerce and the commission will host a joint, virtual workshop to discuss incremental cost of compliance with the Clean Energy Transformation Act (docket UE-191023). The workshop will take place June 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is the second workshop on this topic. The workshop will discuss the agencies’ draft rules pertinent to the topic. A full agenda will be posted closer to the date of the workshop. 
  • Comments on the second round of draft rules governing the implementation of the Energy Independence Act (docket UE-190652) are due by 5 p.m. Friday, May 1. The proposed rules are available on the commission’s website here.

Upcoming events and deadlines

DateItemDescription
April 30, 2020Workshop  The Markets Stakeholder Work Group (docket 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 http://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.  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, agenda, 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
   
June 16, 2020WorkshopThe Department of Commerce and the commission will host a joint, virtual workshop to discuss incremental cost of compliance with the Clean Energy Transformation Act (docket UE-191023). The workshop will take place June 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is the second workshop on this topic. The workshop will discuss the agencies’ draft rules pertinent to the topic. A full agenda will be posted closer to the date of the workshop.  To participate by phone, call 1(360) 407-3810 and enter conference ID 8259895  To participate via Skype, please use the following link:  https://lync.wa.gov/utc.wa.gov/meet/aldcalendar/97BFK2HL   

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