Weekly UTC Clean Energy Bulletin- October 26

Source: Utilities and Transportation Commission, October 26, 2021

New workshops, rulemakings, and upcoming dates

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC or commission) invites the public to participate in its work to implement Washington’s clean energy legislation.

The 2019 Clean Energy Transformation Act 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.

In the 2021-23 Omnibus Operating Appropriations Act, the commission received funding to “examine feasible and practical pathways for investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities to contribute their share to greenhouse gas emissions reductions as described in RCW 70A.45.020 [state law].”

The commission is conducting numerous rulemakings, workgroups, and other proceedings to implement in support of these bills and other recently enacted energy legislation.

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 Oct. 19, the commission issued a procedural notice about its implementation of RCW 80.28.430, which authorizes utilities to provide funding to certain organizations looking to participate in commission processes. The commission anticipates issuing a policy statement guiding initial funding agreements on or before Nov. 30.  
Date               ItemDescription
Nov. 12Markets and CETA Compliance Rulemaking Joint Workshop with Department of Commerce (docket UE-210183)On Oct. 12, the commission filed a notice for public comment on draft rules addressing the “use of electricity” requirement in RCW 19.405.040(1)(a). Interested persons are invited to file written comments. The notice includes a comment deadline of Nov. 12. 

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