Weekly Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) Bulletin- June 1

Source: Washington Department of Commerce, June 1, 2021

Announcements

Commerce issues rulemaking order 

Commerce has adopted a rule to define two terms used in CETA: energy assistance need and low-income. The 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. 

The adopted rules can be found on the CETA webpage.

Comment period for storage accounting extended

Deadline: June 2, 2021

Commerce and the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) are resuming their work to adopt rules implementing CETA. The agencies are inviting stakeholder comments on possible rules concerning the tracking and accounting of electricity used and provided in energy storage resources, such as batteries and pumped storage hydro. Specific questions and comment procedures are posted on the CETA webpage.

Joint workshop on market purchases, double counting, and use

June 9, 2021, 1 to 4 p.m.

Commerce and the UTC will be holding a rulemaking workshop on market purchases, double counting, and interpretations of use from 1 to 4 p.m. on June 9, 2021. This workshop follows the conclusion of the Washington Clean Energy Transformation Act Carbon and Markets Workgroup, which issued its final report on these topics in early April. Meeting details and materials will be posted on the CETA webpage ahead of the meeting.

Notice of public comment on market purchases, double counting, and use questions

Deadline: June 14, 2021

Commerce and the UTC are requesting stakeholder comments on organized market purchases, double counting and interpretation of use questions. Specific questions and comment procedures are posted on the CETA webpage.

Draft CEIP template webinar

June 15, 2021, 9 to 10 a.m.

Commerce will be holding a webinar from 9 to 10 a.m. on June 15, 2021, to walk-through its first draft of the clean energy implementation plan (CEIP) template. Meeting details and materials will be posted on the CETA webpage ahead of the webinar.

Draft energy assistance reporting and outreach template webinar

June 18, 2021, 9 to 11 a.m.

Commerce will be hosting a webinar on its draft energy assistance reporting template from 9 to 11 a.m. on June 18, 2021. RCW 19.405.120(4) requires utilities to submit biennial reports on energy burden and assistance, and outreach strategies used to encourage community participation in utility programs that reduce energy burden. Commerce has worked with a technical advisory group to develop a draft template for these biennial reports. The draft template and other meeting materials will be posted on the CETA webpage ahead of the meeting.

Commerce and UTC schedule joint workshop on storage accounting

June 22, 2021, 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Commerce and the UTC will be holding a workshop on storage and accounting from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 22, 2021. Meeting details and materials will be posted on the CETA webpage ahead of the meeting.

Commerce and UTC schedule joint workshop on interpretations of use 

Sept. 27, 2021, 1 to 4 p.m.

Commerce and the UTC will be holding a joint rulemaking workshop on interpretations of use provisions in RCW 19.405.040 from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2021. Meeting materials will be posted on the CETA webpage ahead of the meeting. 

Commerce and UTC reserve date for a joint workshop

Oct. 4, 2021, 1 to 4 p.m.

Commerce and the UTC intend to hold a joint rulemaking workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2021. A meeting topic and materials will be posted on the CETA webpage ahead of the meeting. 

DateEventTopic
June 2     Comment deadline  Storage accounting
June 9WorkshopMarkets, double-counting, and use   
June 14Comment deadlineMarkets, double-counting, and use
June 15WebinarDraft CEIP template
June 18WebinarDraft energy assistance & outreach template
June 22WorkshopStorage accounting
Sept. 27WorkshopInterpretations of use
Oct. 4WorkshopTo be announced

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