Comment opportunities: Clean Energy Transformation Act rulemaking

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Department of Commerce

Sept. 23, 2019

Comment opportunities: Clean Energy Transformation Act rulemaking

Commerce is seeking written comments to help develop rules implementing Washington’s clean electricity law, the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA). Comment deadlines and subjects are listed below. All comments should be submitted by email to

Friday, Oct. 11 – Scoping Comments on Reporting and Compliance: Commerce is seeking comments on the requirements in CETA that relate to reporting and demonstration of compliance by electric utilities. These comments will help set the agenda for the CETA workshop on Monday, Oct. 21 in Wenatchee.

An initial list of potential issues includes:

  • Documentation of nonemitting electric generation [RCW 19.405.040(1)].
  • Renewable energy certificate documentation and retirement [RCW 19.405.040(1)].
  • Demonstration that electricity is used and delivered to retail electric customers [Multiple references in Chapter 19.405 RCW].
  • Greenhouse gas emission reporting [RCW 19.405.070(1)].
  • Submission of clean energy implementation plan [RCW 19.405.060(2)].
  • Compliance requirements for interim targets [RCW 19.405.060(2)].
  • Temporary exemption, demonstration of plan to achieve full compliance [RCW 19.405.090(5)].

NOTE: RCW 19.405.110(4) requires Commerce to adopt rules establishing reporting requirements for all electric utilities. Commerce intends to coordinate with the Utilities and Transportation Commission in developing these rules and will reserve this provision for discussion at a later workshop.

Stakeholders may identify other provisions that relate to reporting and compliance. Commerce invites comments that identify general issues or questions or that propose specific rule language.  All comments will be posted for review by stakeholders.

Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Post-workshop Comments on Planning Statutes

Commerce is seeking comments from stakeholders to extend the discussion of potential rules to implement the planning statutes, RCW 19.405.060 and RCW 19.280.030. Stakeholders may wish to refer to the discussion document included in materials from the Sept.18 workshop, the presentations made during the workshop, and the video recording of the workshop. These materials are available on the CETA web page.

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