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Wash. State Utilities & Transportation Commission: Utility Regulators Finalize Plan for Implementing Washington's 100% Clean Electricity Law

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OLYMPIA, Washington, Aug. 27 -- The Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission issued the following news release:

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has finalized its work plan to implement Washington's new 100% clean electricity law.

The plan outlines the commission's process and schedule for 19 rulemakings, workgroups, reports, and other proceedings required by E2SSB 5116, known as the Washington Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), and other clean energy legislation passed in the 2019 legislative session. Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee in May, CETA requires, among other things, Washington's electric utilities to transition to 100% clean power by 2045.

"We are committed to carrying out the requirements of CETA and reaching the goal of 100% clean energy in Washington," said UTC Chair David Danner. "It's complicated but absolutely achievable. Now we're rolling up our sleeves and getting to work."

As part of the transition to 100% clean power, the bill directs electric utilities to eliminate coal power from rates by 2025 and to provide offsets after 2030 for any carbon emissions from power generation sources.

Washington's investor-owned utilities must develop and implement plans to distribute more electricity from renewable or non-carbon-emitting resources or pay penalties for failing to meet requirements of the law. The UTC will review these utility companies' plans and ensure compliance with legislative requirements.

On July 30, the UTC held a stakeholder workshop to receive public comments on its proposed draft implementation plan. The commission's final plan, published today, incorporates many changes suggested by the public at the workshop. Continued public input throughout implementation will be a key component of implementing CETA and related legislation over the next three years.

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