In 2019, the governor signed the Washington Clean Energy Transformation Act (Chapter 19.405 RCW), which begins a transition away from electricity sources that depend on fossil fuels. The Act requires that by 2030, at least 80 percent of the electricity used in Washington must come from sources that are either renewable or do not emit greenhouse gases (non-emitting sources). Greenhouse gas emissions from the remaining electricity must be reduced somewhere else. This is called "offsetting." By 2045, all electricity used in Washington must come from sources that are either renewable or do not emit greenhouse gases.
Ecology is starting rulemaking for Chapter 173-444 WAC, Clean Energy Transformation Rule to implement parts of the Clean Energy Transformation Act assigned to Ecology. The rulemaking will:
- Establish a process to determine what types of energy transformation projects may be eligible to meet the Clean Energy Transformation Act.
- Establish a process and requirements to develop standards, methodologies, and procedures to evaluate energy transformation projects.
- Provide greenhouse gas emission factors for electricity.
Announcement phase (CR-101)
Oct. 18, 2019
Rule development phase
Oct. 18, 2019 – Summer 2020
Public input & involvement
Public comment period (informal)
Dec. 20, 2019 – April 20, 2020; extended to May 25, 2020
Comment on the draft rule and meeting materials. Read comments.
Ecology's meetings with stakeholders
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