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Washington Clean Energy Goals Finalized

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has finalized its work plan to implement the state’s new 100% clean electricity law. The plan outlines the commission’s process and schedule for 19 rulemaking, workgroups, reports, and other proceedings required by the statute, known as the Washington Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), and other clean energy legislation passed in the 2019 legislative session. CETA requires, among other things, Washington’s electric utilities to transition to 100% clean power by 2045.

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 commission will review these utility companies’ plans and ensure compliance with legislative requirements. Re Notice of 2019-2022 Energy Legislation Implementation Plan, Docket U-190485, Aug. 27, 2019 (Wash.U.T.C.).

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