Weekly UTC Clean Energy Bulletin- May 6

Source: Washington Department of Commerce, May 6, 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

  • Commission headquarters remains closed to the public and our staff are following Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Healthy, Stay Home” order by teleworking. 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. 
  • On May 5, the commission published its first discussion draft rules in its Clean Energy Implementation Plan rulemaking (docket UE-191023), along with a notice with additional questions for discussion, and requests public input on the draft rules. Comments are due by 5 p.m. June 2. The notice and draft rules can be found herePlease note: A minor editing error was identified in the discussion draft rules as initially posted. The correction was posted May 6. Please find the corrected draft rules in the errata order posted to this docket on May 6. 
  • The commission will host a virtual workshop to discuss the equity provisions within the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA). The workshop will take place May 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This is the second workshop on this topic. The workshop will discuss the commission’s approach to implementing the equity provisions across rulemakings. The notice can be found here. A full agenda will be posted closer to the date of the workshop.

Upcoming events and deadlines

DateItemDescription
May 22, 2020Workshop  The commission will hold a workshop to discuss the integration of CETA’s equity provisions across its rulemakings, including the Integrated Resource Plan (docket UE- 190698), Purchase of Electricity (docket UE-190837), 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 9524028.  To participate via Skype, please use the following link: https://lync.wa.gov/utc.wa.gov/meet/aldcalendar/12K3FDC0  
   
June 2, 2020Comments dueClean Energy Implementation Plan rulemaking (docket UE-191023). The commission requests public input on its first discussion draft rules in its Clean Energy Implementation Plan rulemaking, which was published along with questions for discussion. The notice and draft rules can be found here. Comments are due by 5 p.m. June 2. 
   
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   


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.

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