Weekly Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) Bulletin

Source: Washington Department of Commerce, January 4, 2021


Phase 2 of the CETA rules adopted

Commerce formally adopted the second phase of its CETA rules on Dec. 29, 2020 to ensure the proper implementation and enforcement of the statute (Chapter 19.405 RCW). The rules were required to be submitted by Dec. 31, 2020. They become effective Jan. 29.

There were no substantive changes from the proposed rules published in October. Minor changes include:

  • Corrected an error in the definition of “CEIP”
  • Clarified reporting of resources subject to WAC 194-40-340
  • Clarified reporting by utilities using incremental cost compliance approach
  • Clarified the requirement to retire renewable energy credits to verify claims of renewable energy use.

Commerce made these changes in response to comments received, to ensure clarity, consistency, and understanding by regulated entities, and to meet the intent of the statute.

The adopted rules and supporting documents are posted on Commerce’s CETA rulemaking webpage. The combined document includes the adopted rules, the notice of adoption (CR-103), and the concise explanatory statement summarizing stakeholder comments and agency responses.

Commerce has greatly appreciated stakeholder involvement throughout the rulemaking process. We look forward to continuing our work together in 2021 implementing these rules, considering potential additional rules, and considering the input of the carbon and electricity markets workgroup.

Future workshops announcements will be made through the CETA bulletin and posted on the CETA rulemaking webpage. If you are not signed up for the CETA bulletin, you may do so on the CETA rulemaking webpage.