Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA)

On May 7, 2019, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) (E2SSB 5116, 2019), which commits Washington to an electricity supply free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

Clean electricity will allow the state to replace fossil fuels in other end uses, especially transportation, and achieve its long-term climate goals.

The Washington Department of Commerce is a key leader in implementing this law. Working with utilities, other state agencies and multiple stakeholders, Commerce will develop rules, reporting procedures and regular assessments to ensure success.

How to Participate

Commerce will work with stakeholders through informal workshops and formal rulemaking processes. To hear about meetings and comment opportunities, please sign up for email notices.

Stakeholders may also comment in writing on the scope and priorities of the rulemaking. Written comments should be submitted by email to

Rulemaking Activities

Upcoming workshops and comment deadlines

First discussion draft CETA rules are available

Commerce’s first discussion draft of CETA rules are available here. The draft is also available in a .docx version. Stakeholders will have opportunities to discuss and comment on these rules at upcoming workshops. Written comments on these draft rules were accepted on June 15. 

Commerce has tentatively scheduled the release of its second discussion draft rules for August 14.

Streamlining EIA and CETA implementation workshop

Sept. 2, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

At this workshop Commerce hopes to identify opportunities to streamline the requirements of Washington’s two clean electricity laws, CETA and EIA, to simplify compliance and avoid duplicative processes. Please send us an email if you have specific ideas to cover.

  • Webex (link)
  • Password: CETA135!
  • Joined by phone: +1-415-655-0001
  • Access code: 281 923 003

Past workshop materials

Materials from past meetings can be found by clicking  on the PDF link below:

CETA Data Technical Advisory Group (TAG) New Webpage

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)

Meeting details and materials can be found on the Commerce’s new web page dedicated to Energy Assistance under CETA:


Additional Resources

More about CETA

Need Help?

Glenn Blackmon, Ph.D.
Manager, Energy Policy Office
Phone: 360-339-5619

Sarah Vorpahl, Ph.D.
Sr. Energy Policy Specialist
Phone: 360-688-6000

Austin Scharff, MSc
Rules and Legislative Coordinator
Phone: 360-764-9632

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