Weekly Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) Bulletin- July 8

Source: Washington State Department of Commerce, July 8, 2022

Commerce files final set of CETA rules

Commerce submitted its permanent rule order (CR-103) with the Office of the Code Reviser on June 17. This marks the end of the agency’s rulemaking on Washington state’s 100% clean electricity law, the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA).

The rules ensure the proper implementation and enforcement of the law and address wholesale market transactions and the prohibition on double counting, as provided for under RCW 19.405.100 and RCW 19.405.130.

The rules:

  • Clarify the requirement in RCW 19.405.040 that a utility use renewable or non-emitting electricity sources in an amount equal to 100% of the utility’s retail electric load;
  • Explain the requirement in RCW 19.405.050 that a utility supply 100% of all sales of electricity to Washington retail electric customers using electricity from renewable or non-emitting sources;
  • Establish specification, verification, and reporting requirements for (i) wholesale market purchases and (ii) the prohibition of double counting of non-power attributes under RCW 19.405.040; and
  • Clarify the treatment of storage resources under the law.

There were no changes to the proposed rule filed as WSR 22-07-104 on March 23, 2022.

The agency filed its final CR-103 in consultation with the Utilities and Transportation Commission.

Commerce greatly appreciates the stakeholders and members of the public who participated in the agency’s rulemaking. CETA is a monumental law and your participation in ensuring its proper implementation and enforcement over the past three years is greatly appreciated.

The latest rulemaking order and accompanying concise explanatory statement can be found on the agency’s CETA Rulemaking webpage under Rulemaking Orders. The rules take effect July 18.