Weekly UTC Clean Energy Bulletin- January 26

Source: Utilities and Transportation Commission, January 26, 2022

Upcoming workshops, rulemakings, and other 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 (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.  

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 

  • The commission issued a notice of opportunity to comment on its Second Draft Rules on the definition of ‘use’ and on double counting and storage in Docket UE-210183 on Jan. 19. Comments are due Feb. 9.  

Upcoming events and deadlines   

Date  Item  Description 
Jan. 28 Comments on Avista’s CEIP (Docket UE-210628) On Oct. 6, 2021 the commission filed a notice for comment on Avista’s 2021 Clean Energy Implementation Plan.  Interested persons should file comments by Jan. 28. 
Feb. 2 Comments on Second Draft ‘use’ Rules and Second Draft Double Counting and Storage rules (Docket UE-210183)  On Jan 19, the commission issued a notice of opportunity to comment on second draft rules in the Markets and CETA Compliance Rulemaking  
Mar. 2  Comments on PSE’s CEIP (Docket UE-210795)  On Dec. 28, 2021 the commission filed a notice for comment on PSE’s 2021 Clean Energy Implementation Plan.  Interested persons should file comments by Mar. 2.  

Remote Operations 

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 through 2022. Please see the commission’s COVID-19 response page for more information on impacts to our operations and regulated industries.