Energy Assistance

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.

February 1, 2022, Reporting Template (RCW 19.405.120(4))

All electric utilities in Washington are required to report on their energy assistance programs as directed under RCW 19.405.120(4). The first report will be due on February 1, 2022 to Commerce using a forthcoming reporting template. The reporting template was co-developed with a Technical Advisory Group made up of members representing public utility district, rural electric coops, municipal utilities, investor owned utilities, low-income advocates and state agency staff. On June 17, a public webinar was held to solicit feedback on this form and answer questions about the work directed under this section of the Clean Energy Transformation Act. Please find a recording of the webinar below.

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, 2020. RCW 19.405.120 also requires Commerce to publish data on a biennial basis that aggregates and estimates energy burden and energy assistance need.  

Utility data was collected in 2020 using a survey tool developed by Commerce with support from a technical advisory group (TAG). Meanwhile, Commerce aggregated data on energy burden and energy assistance need by both area median income and the federal poverty level. The data was corrected and reposted below on April 20

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.

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Need Help?

Sarah Vorpahl, Ph.D.
Energy Policy Specialist

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

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