Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA)

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On May 7, 2019, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) (E2SSB 5116), 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.

Updates

Guidelines for Energy Assistance for Low-Income Households (RCW 19.405.120)

Commerce has posted guidelines to provide background for the work directed under Energy Assistance for Low-Income Income Households (RCW 19.405.120). Please send questions to Sarah Vorpahl (sarah.vorpahl@commerce.wa.gov).

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 ceta@commerce.wa.gov.

Rulemaking Activities

Upcoming workshops and comment deadlines

Thermal renewable energy credits comment deadline 

April 10, 11:59 p.m.
Comment deadline

Commerce is now accepting comments on thermal renewable energy credits draft rule language. Please submit comments to ceta@commerce.wa.gov by April 10. 

Thermal renewable energy credits draft rule language 
April 20, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Virtual-only workshop

Commerce is holding a webinar on April 20 to discuss thermal renewable energy credits under CETA. Details will be provided prior to the workshop.

  • Webex (link)
  • Password: CETA135!
  • Join by phone: +1-415-655-0001
  • Access code: 286 640 743

Emissions reporting draft rule language workshop
April 28, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Virtual-only workshop

Commerce is holding a workshop on April 28 to discuss emissions and reporting draft rule language. Details will be provided prior to the workshop.

  • Webex (link)
  • Password: CETA135!
  • Join by phone: +1-415-655-0001
  • Access code: 281 893 424

Planning draft rule language workshop
May 7, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Virtual-only workshop

Commerce is holding a workshop on May 7 to discuss planning draft rule language. Details will be provided prior to the workshop.

  • Webex (link)
  • Password: CETA135!
  • Join by phone: +1-415-655-0001
  • Access code: 289 774 444

Compliance draft rule language workshop
May 21, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Virtual-only workshop

Commerce is holding a workshop on May 21 to discuss planning and compliance draft rule language. Details will be provided prior to the workshop.

  • Webex (link)
  • Password: CETA135!
  • Join by phone: +1-415-655-0001
  • Access code: 280 363 840

TBD
June 24, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop

Commerce is holding a workshop on June 24. Details will be provided prior to the workshop.

  • Webex (link)
  • Password: CETA135!
  • Join by phone: +1-415-655-0001
  • Access code: 288 553 741

TBD 
July 2, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop

Commerce is holding a workshop on July 2. Details will be provided prior to the workshop.

  • Webex (link)
  • Password: CETA135!
  • Join by phone: +1-415-655-0001
  • Access code: 285 614 504

TBD
July 14, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop

Commerce is holding a workshop on July 14. Details will be provided prior to the workshop.

  • Webex (link)
  • Password: CETA135!
  • Joined by phone: +1-415-655-0001
  • Access code: 282 691 283

Streamlining EIA and CETA implementation workshop
Sept. 2, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop

Commerce is holding a workshop on Sept. 2 to discuss streamlining EIA and CETA implementation. Details will be provided prior to the workshop.

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

Past Workshops

CETA Phase One Rulemaking Order

Commerce has concluded its CETA phase one rulemaking on renewable resource eligibility and the social cost of green house gas emissions. Many thanks to everyone who participated in this rule-making process.

Electricity Market Workgroup

Commerce and the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission have initiated a carbon and electricity markets work group, as required by RCW 19.405.130. Meetings are open to all interested stakeholders.

 

The initial organization of this work group took place on October 24, 2019. Commerce and the UTC will use the UTC’s website and interested party process to communicate with stakeholders about the work group.

Stakeholders who wish to receive meeting notices and other information may sign up for Docket U-190760 by contacting the Washington Records Center to be added to the service list via email at records@utc.wa.gov, or phone at 360-664-1234 or 1-877-210-596

Resources

Need Help?

Glenn Blackmon, Ph.D.
Manager, Energy Policy Office
ceta@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-339-5619

Sarah Vorpahl, Ph.D.
Sr. Energy Policy Specialist
ceta@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-688-6000

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