Advisory Opinion Process

Energy Independence Act (EIA or I-937)

An EIA advisory opinion is to review renewable or conservation projects to see if they are eligible to meet the laws 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 our WREGIS web 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).

Pending Applications

Golden Hills Windfarm

Comment deadline: July 11, 2022

Commerce has received an application for an advisory opinion and renewable energy facility (WREGIS) certification for the Golden Hills Wind Farm. Commerce has opened a 10 day public comment period on the application. Comments may be submitted to 

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Austin Scharff
Energy Policy Specialist
Phone: 360-764-9632