Weekly UTC Clean Energy Bulletin- July 21

Source: Utilities Transportation Commission, July 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 (CETA) 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.

The commission is conducting numerous rulemakings, workgroups, and other proceedings to implement these changes along with other energy legislation enacted during the 2019 session. 

New announcements

  • Commission headquarters remain closed to the public. Our staff are following Gov. Inslee’s phased reopening plan 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 July 27, the commission will hold a joint virtual workshop with the Dept. of Commerce to discuss interpretations of RCW 19.405.040(1)(a) (CETA’s 2030 greenhouse gas neutral standard) as well as related compliance issues associated with renewable energy credits. Please see the event table below for more information.

Upcoming events and deadlines

July 27, 2020WorkshopClean Energy Implementation Plan rulemaking (UE-191023). The Commission and the Dept. of Commerce will hold a joint virtual workshop to discuss the agencies’ interpretations of RCW 19.405.040(1)(a) (CETA’s 2030 greenhouse gas neutral standard) as well as stakeholder responses to respective agency discussions on the issue. The workshop will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  To participate online, please use the following link: https://watech.webex.com/watech/j.php?MTID=m1749752e26dd7e32b758b73c9118bd79 Password: CETA135!  
July 28, 2020Adoption hearingEnergy Independence Act rulemaking (UE-190652). The commission will hold a public hearing for the adoption of proposed rules in its EIA rulemaking. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, the commission will host the adoption hearing virtually. Interested persons may comment on the proposed rules during the hearing.  To participate via Skype, please use the following link: https://lync.wa.gov/utc.wa.gov/meet/aldcalendar/SCBP2T4BTo participate by phone, please call (360) 407-3810 and enter conference ID 28778362.