Chapter 173-446 WAC

Ecology is proposing a new rule, Chapter 173-446 WAC, Climate Commitment Act Program The purpose of this rulemaking is to implement parts of the Climate Commitment Act.  In May 2021, the governor signed the Climate Commitment Act which established a cap-and-invest program to help achieve Washington's greenhouse gas limits by 2050.

This rulemaking will establish a structure for the cap-and-invest program that may include, but is not limited to:

  • Program registration requirements
  • Methods and procedures for allocating allowances
  • Allowance budgets for the first compliance period (2023–2026)
  • Auction registration requirements
  • Auction floor price
  • Emissions containment reserve
  • Procedures and protocols for establishing offset projects
  • Enforcement provisions
  • Transfer and sale of allowances and recognition of compliance instruments
  • Other elements to support the operation and function of the cap-and-invest program

Rulemaking timeline

Timeline

Announcement phase (CR-101)

Filing date:
Aug. 4, 2021


Announcement documents

Rule development phase

August 4, 2021 – Spring 2022



Public input & involvement

Public comment period (informal) – EXTENDED
November 8, 2021 – January 26, 2022 (originally January 18, 2022)

Comment online and read others' comments.
 

Ecology's meeting with stakeholders

Date Documents Location
Monday
November 8, 2021
10 a.m. – noon
Agenda
Presentation
Draft rule language

webinar1

Thursday
December 16, 2021
8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Allowance budgets
and distribution:
Agenda
Presentation
Draft rule language
webinar1

Thursday
December 16, 2021
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Offsets:
Agenda
Presentation
Draft rule language
webinar1
Tuesday
January 11, 2022
Agenda
Presentation
Draft timeline
Draft rule language
webinar1


1 Webinar information:
   Register for each webinar to get your meeting ID, password, and call-in phone number.

Additional languages

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Accessibility

To request ADA accommodation for disabilities, or printed materials in a format for the visually impaired, contact Ecology's ADA Coordinator by email at ecyadacoordinator@ecy.wa.gov, or call 360-407-6831. People with impaired hearing may call Washington Relay Service at 711. People with speech disability may call TTY at 877-833-6341.