The Washington State Department of Commerce and Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) recently set rules bringing Washington one step closer to its goal of 100 percent renewable energy.
The Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), signed by Gov. Jay Inslee in May 2019, commits Washington to reaching 100 percent clean electricity by 2045. By shifting Washington to the sole use of renewable or nuclear energy and ditching coal for good, CETA is the state’s most aggressive approach to combating climate change.
These rules strive to meet the needs and interests of stakeholders, business owners, environmental and labor advocates, as well as low-income and disadvantaged communities. Meeting the needs of these groups, while fulfilling Washington’s commitment to eliminate carbon emissions by 2045, is no easy feat.
“These rules are the product of months of work by our two agencies, with valuable input from utilities and industry groups, consumer and equity advocates, environmental organizations, and others,” said UTC chair Dave Danner in a press release. “We have made tremendous progress towards our clean energy future and look forward to working more with these stakeholders in the coming year.”
Along with setting a timeline for CETA, which includes eliminating energy from coal by 2025 and using carbon-neutral energy by 2030, these rules also offer tax incentives for developers and business owners
Throughout 2021 the two agencies will continue to work toward meeting CETA regulations, and with it, fulfilling Washington’s commitment to a greener future.