EIA Advisory Opinion Process

An EIA advisory opinion is to review renewable or conservation projects to see if they are eligible to meet the law’s requirements. Utilities and project developers can find out if a renewable or conservation project is eligible to meet the targets by applying for an advisory opinion. The final decision will be made by the governing board of the public or cooperative utility that uses the resource for compliance.

The normal application fee is $1,250, but complex applications may be charged for additional costs. Commerce issues an advisory opinion within 90 days after it receives a complete application. The process includes a legal analysis and opportunity for public comment.

Commerce also issues advisory opinions for renewable projects that want a “Washington eligible” indicator on their renewable energy credits. This process is described on the Renewable Energy Credits (WREGIS) page.

Entities proposing to sell renewable energy or credits to an investor-owned utility may request a declaratory order from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC).