Commerce is partnering with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) to hold an annual meeting to discuss issues related to resource adequacy for utilities in Washington State.
RCW 19.280.065 requires Commerce and the UTC to hold meetings annually and to provide a summary to the governor and legislature. Under the statute, at least once every twelve months, Commerce and the UTC will hold a meeting of representatives of investor- and consumer-owned utilities, regional planning organizations, transmission operators, and other stakeholders. The meetings will be to discuss the current, short-term, and long-term adequacy of energy resources to serve the state’s electric needs. Topics covered will include identifying specific steps utilities can take to coordinate planning, in light of significant changes to the Northwest’s power system. Those changes include, but are not limited to, technological developments, retirements of legacy baseload power generation resources, and changes in laws and regulations affecting power supply options.
A summary of the Resource Adequacy meetings, including any specific action items suggested by participants, will be submitted to the governor and legislature within sixty days of each meeting. The meetings will take place through 2024.