2021 State Energy Strategy
The Clean Energy Transformation Act of 2019 (SB 5116) establishes a new clean electricity standard for Washington. It directs the Department of Commerce to work with stakeholders to review and update the state’s energy strategy. The strategy was last updated in 2012 and is scheduled for completion in December 2020.
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The 2019 legislation provides:
(1) The department shall review the state energy strategy by December 31, 2020, and at least once every eight years thereafter, subject to funding provided for this purpose, for the purpose of aligning the state energy strategy with the requirements of RCW 43.21F.088 and chapters 19.285 and 19.— RCW (the new chapter created in section 27 of this act), and the emission reduction targets recommended by the department of ecology under RCW 70.235.040. The department must establish an energy strategy advisory committee for each review to provide guidance to the department in conducting the review. The membership of the energy strategy advisory committee must consist of the following:
(a) One person recommended by investor-owned electric utilities;
(b) One person recommended by investor-owned natural gas utilities;
(c) One person employed by or recommended by a natural gas pipeline serving the state;
(d) One person recommended by suppliers of petroleum products;
(e) One person recommended by municipally owned electric utilities;
(f) One person recommended by public utility districts;
(g) One person recommended by rural electrical cooperatives;
(h) One person recommended by industrial energy users;
(i) One person recommended by commercial energy users;
(j) One person recommended by agricultural energy users;
(k) One person recommended by the association of Washington cities;
(l) One person recommended by the Washington association of counties;
(m) One person recommended by Washington Indian tribes;
(n) One person recommended by businesses in the clean energy industry;
(o) One person recommended by labor unions;
(p) Two persons recommended by civic organizations, one of which must be a representative of a civic organization that represents vulnerable populations;
(q) Two persons recommended by environmental organizations;
(r) One person representing independent power producers;
(s) The chair of the energy facility site evaluation council or the chair’s designee;
(t) One of the representatives of the state of Washington to the Pacific Northwest electric power and conservation planning council selected by the governor;
(u) The chair of the utilities and transportation commission or the chair’s designee;
(v) One member from each of the two largest caucuses of the House of Representatives selected by the speaker of the House of Representatives; and
(w) One member from each of the two largest caucuses of the Senate selected by the president of the senate.
(2) The chair of the advisory committee must be appointed by the governor from citizen members. The director may establish technical advisory groups as necessary to assist in the development of the strategy. The director shall provide for extensive public involvement throughout the development of the strategy.
(3) Upon completion of a public hearing regarding the advisory committee’s advice and recommendations for revisions to the energy strategy, a written report shall be conveyed by the department to the governor and the appropriate legislative committees. The energy strategy advisory committee established under this section must be dissolved within three months after their written report is conveyed.