Weekly UTC Clean Energy Bulletin

Source: Utilities and Transportation Commission, December 8, 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 (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. 
  • Energy assistance policy statement (docket UE-200629). On Dec. 4, the commission issued a notice extending the deadline for written comment. Comments are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18.

Upcoming events and deadlines

Dec. 9Adoption hearingIRP and CEIP rulemakings (dockets UE-190698 and UE-191023). The commission will hold a public hearing for the adoption of proposed rules in its IRP and CEIP 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 at the hearing.  Participate via Microsoft Teams, or to participate by phone, call (253) 372-2181 and enter the Conference ID: 918 823 796#. 
Dec. 14 Adoption hearingPurchases of electricity rulemaking (docket UE-190837). On Nov. 3, the commission issued a notice of the adoption hearing at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Dec.14. Participate via Microsoft Teams, or to participate by phone, call (253) 372-2181 and enter the Conference ID: 733 235 722#. 
Dec. 18Comments dueEnergy assistance policy statement (docket UE-200629). Stakeholders will have the opportunity to file written comments to supplement their Dec. 1 workshop remarks or provide any additional comments for commission consideration. The commission formally noticed the opportunity to file written comments on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and issued an addendum to the notice on Dec. 4, extending the deadline. Comments are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18.
Dec. 18 Work session The Washington Markets Work Group (docket U-190760) is holding its second public virtual work session from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 18. During the work session, the workgroup will identify areas for consideration, and possible alternatives for the agencies to consider in rulemaking. The workshop agenda and presentation materials, if any, will be posted to this docket by 5 p.m., Dec. 16. There will be an opportunity for public comment following the public work session. Participate via GoToMeeting, or to participate by phone, call 866-899-4679 and enter the Access Code: 197-684-365.