Weekly Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) Bulletin- April 26, 2021

Source: Washington Department of Commerce, April 26, 2021


Public hearing for Phase 3 rules

1 p.m. PST, Wednesday, April 28

Commerce will be holding a public hearing on a proposed rule to define two terms used in CETA: energy assistance need and low-income. The hearing is at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28.

The proposed rule defines energy assistance need as the amount of assistance necessary to achieve an energy burden equal to 6% of household income for utility customers. Low-income is defined as household incomes that do not exceed higher of 80% of area median income or 200% of federal poverty level, adjusted for household size. These definitions are the same definitions adopted by the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC). 

Meeting details and materials are posted on the CETA webpage.

Written comments may be submitted to ceta@commerce.wa.gov by the close of business Wednesday, April 28.

Energy burden and energy assistance data now available

CETA requires the Washington State Department of Commerce and the state’s utilities to assess energy assistance available to low-income households across the state. Under RCW 19.405.120, Commerce must publish data on a biennial basis that aggregates and estimates energy burden and energy assistance need. Utilities may use this data to develop specific estimates for their customers. This data is now posted in the Energy Policy Office’s Box account.  The latest utility energy assistance data is posted on the Energy Assistance under CETA webpage.

Joint Commerce/UTC resource adequacy meeting scheduled

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST, Tuesday, May 11

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Commerce is partnering with the UTC to hold an annual meeting to discuss issues related to resource adequacy for utilities in Washington State.

Meeting details and materials will be posted on the Commerce Resource Adequacy webpage prior to the meeting.

RCW 19.280.065 requires Commerce and the UTC to hold annual meetings and provide a summary to the governor and legislature. The meeting will be of interest to representatives of investor- and consumer-owned utilities, regional planning organizations, transmission operators, and other stakeholders. The meeting will be to discuss the current, short-term, and long-term adequacy of energy resources to serve the state’s electric needs. Topics covered will include identifying specific steps utilities can take to coordinate planning in light of significant changes to the Northwest’s power system. Those changes include, but are not limited to, technological developments, retirements of legacy baseload power generation resources, and changes in laws and regulations affecting power supply options.

A summary of the Resource Adequacy meetings, including any specific action items suggested by participants, will be submitted to the governor and legislature within 60 days of each meeting and will be posted on the Resource Adequacy webpage. The meetings will take place through 2024.

Questions can be directed to Commerce Senior Energy Policy Specialist Kate Kelly at kate.kelly@commerce.wa.gov or (360) 628-6846