2021 State Energy Strategy

Washington is developing the 2021 State Energy Strategy to support the state’s ambitious goals to protect our climate, protect consumers, and promote its economic vitality.

The mandate for a new state energy strategy is part of Washington’s landmark 2019 legislation establishing a new clean electricity standard for Washington, the Clean Energy Transformation Act of 2019 (SB 5116). The legislation directs the Department of Commerce to review and update the state’s energy strategy by the end of 2020. Among other things, the updated state energy strategy may inform legislative proposals for the 2021 session of the Legislature.

Washington’s state energy strategy was last updated in 2012. The Department of Commerce issued a biennial energy report in 2019 that includes an update on recommendations made in the 2012 strategy.

The Legislature has directed that the 2021 state energy strategy identify policies and actions to balance the three goals: maintaining competitive energy prices, fostering a clean energy economy, and meeting greenhouse gas reduction obligations.

The Legislature’s 2019 amendments focus the review and update on compliance approaches for the state’s clean electricity laws and newly revised statewide emissions reductions targets recommended by the Department of Ecology. Other principles set out in the statute will further guide the development of the 2021 state energy strategy, including pursuing cost-effective energy efficiency and conservation, meeting the needs of low-income and vulnerable populations and communities, and improving the efficiency of our state’s transportation energy use.

Commerce is developing the 2021 State Energy Strategy collaboratively with stakeholders and members of the public. The Legislature established an advisory committee for the strategy, made up of legislators, government officials, and representatives of civic organizations, energy and utility businesses, and public interest advocates. Commerce will also use technical advisory groups to assist in the development of the strategy.

Opportunities for public involvement will be provided throughout the development of the 2021 state energy strategy. The advisory committee will meet multiple times during 2020. Meetings will be open to the public and will be accessible remotely. Also, a public hearing will be held before the submission of the final report.

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Upcoming Meetings

  • None scheduled at this time

Past Meetings

January 10, 2020, Advisory Committee Kickoff Meeting

Meeting Materials

 

Resources

Clean Energy Resources

Need Help?

Kate Kelly
Senior Energy Policy Specialist
Energy Division
energystrategy@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: (360) 725-5006

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