Energy Assistance under the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA)

CETA (E2SSB 5116, 2019) requires the Washington State Department of Commerce and the state’s utilities to assess energy assistance available to low-income households across the state.

Utility Energy Program Assistance Survey Tool

In accordance with RCW 19.405.120, all electric utilities in Washington are required to report data on energy assistance programs to Commerce between July 31 and Nov. 13. 

Data will be collected using a survey tool developed by Commerce with support from a technical advisory group (TAG). The link to the survey tool is available below, along with instructions, utility Energy Independence Act reporting numbers, third party reporting forms, and copies of the survey’s questions. 

We advise everyone to read the instructions before attempting the survey. If multiple individuals need to work on a survey, we recommend downloading the Word document and passing it among the group and having one individual input the group’s responses into Survey Monkey when finished.

Please submit excel sheets to Sarah.Vorpahl@commerce.wa.gov.

Survey Tool Materials

If you have any questions, please reach out to sarah.vorpahl@commerce.wa.gov or austin.scharff@commerce.wa.gov

CETA Data Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

Commerce has convened a TAG to provide leadership and guidance to Commerce for the development of best practices and resources to implement data collection under RCW 19.405.120(3).

The TAG consists of at least one representative from the following groups:

  • Commerce
  • Utilities and Transportation Commission
  • Investor owned utility
  • Rural electric cooperative
  • Municipal utility
  • Community action program
  • Low-income ratepayer advocate
  • Environmental advocate

Persons representing each group have volunteered to be part of the TAG. The list of TAG members is available here

Please see the Data TAG’s scope of work for more information.

Upcoming meetings and workshops

Topics for upcoming meetings are subject to change based on the needs of the Data TAG.

TBD

10 a.m. to noon, November 6
Virtual-only meeting

Commerce will be holding a Data TAG meeting on November 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually on Zoom. Meeting materials will be posted prior to the workshop.

  • Zoom (link)
  • Password: Data135!
  • Join by phone: +1-253-215-8782
  • Meeting ID: 958 1399 6842

 TBD

10 a.m. to noon, December 3
Virtual-only meeting

This will be the Data TAG’s final meeting of the year. It will be held virtually on Zoom on December 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Meeting materials will be posted prior to the workshop.

  • Zoom (link)
  • Password: Data135!
  • Join by phone: +1-253-215-8782
  • Meeting ID: 991 6116 6060

Resources

Data TAG Resources

Additional Resources

More about CETA

Need Help?

Sarah Vorpahl, Ph.D.
Energy Policy Specialist

ceta@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-688-6000

Austin Scharff, MSc
Rules and Legislative Coordinator
ceta@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-764-9632

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