The Washington Department of Commerce and the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) recently unveiled a new workgroup that will examine market related impacts as electric utilities work to comply with the Washington clean electricity requirements.

The new Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) requires that Washington’s electric utilities phase out the use of fossil fuels to generate electricity for Washington customers. Washington utilities participate in wholesale electricity markets that cover all of western North America, and climate and energy policies vary from state to state.

According to the Washington Department of Commerce and UTC, the workgroup’s 20 members represent a broad set of stakeholders including environmental and public interest organizations, public and privately owned electric utilities, wholesale generators and electricity market participants, labor groups, and residential and business customers. The following individuals make up the workgroup:

  • Charles J. Black, on behalf of Invenergy
  • Ryan Bracken, Northwest Natural Gas
  • Clare Breidenich, Western Power Trading Forum
  • Tom Davis, Bonneville Power Administration
  • Bill Drumheller, Washington Department of Ecology
  • Lisa Gafken, Public Counsel Unit of Office of the Attorney General’s Office
  • Wendy Gerlitz, NW Energy Coalition
  • Deric Gruen, Front and Centered
  • Rex Habner, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Kelly Hall, Climate Solutions
  • Therese Hampton, Public Generating Pool
  • Nicole Hughes, Renewable Northwest
  • Scott Kinney, Avista Corporation
  • Melissa Lyons, Chelan County Public Utility District
  • Kate Maracas, Western Grid Group
  • Tyler Pepple, Alliance of Western Energy Consumers
  • Josh Walter, Seattle City Light
  • Paul Wetherbee, Puget Sound Energy
  • Mary Wiencke, Pacific Power
  • Cameron Yourkowski, EDP Renewables

For more information, visit the UTC website.


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