PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The subject of this inquiry is to develop proposed rules to implement the requirements of RCW 80.80.060 regarding electrical company compliance with the greenhouse gases emissions performance standard contained in RCW 80.80.040. The commission is required in RCW 80.80.060 (5), (7) to adopt rules addressing commission review of electrical company applications requesting commission determinations regarding whether long-term financial commitments for baseload generation comply with the greenhouse gases emissions performance standard.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 80.80.060 (5), (8) and (9).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: On May 3, 2007, the governor signed ESSB 6001, chapter 307, Laws of 2007, with the title Climate change -- Mitigating impacts. The law became effective July 22, 2007, and is codified at chapter 80.80 RCW. RCW 80.80.060 requires the Washington utilities and transportation commission to adopt rules:
(a) To provide that the schedule for a proceeding under this subsection  takes into account both (a) the needs of the parties to the proposed resource acquisition or power purchase agreement for timely decisions that allow transactions to be completed; and (b) the procedural rights to be provided to parties in chapter 34.05 RCW (part IV), including intervention, discovery, briefing, and hearing (RCW 80.80.060(5)), and
(b) For the enforcement of this section  with respect to electrical companies and adopt procedural rules for approving costs incurred by an electrical company under subsection (4) of this section (RCW 80.80.060(8)).
RCW 80.80.060(9) requires that the commission adopt its rules by December 31, 2008.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The department of ecology and the energy facility site evaluation council are required to adopt rules to implement and enforce the greenhouse gases performance standard by June 30, 2008. RCW 80.80.040(10). The commission has participated in these rule-making processes.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study; and the commission will ask for initial written comments, and may provide the opportunity for participation in workshop-style sessions as well as opportunities for additional comments.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Interested persons may file comments with the Executive Secretary, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, P.O. Box 47250, 1300 South Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98504-7250, phone (360) 664-1174, fax (360) 586-1150, by 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 31, 2008.
WRITTEN COMMENTS: Written comments may be submitted to the commission at the address given above and should be filed with the commission no later than March 31, 2008.
Electronic copies. The commission requests that comments be provided in electronic format to enhance public access, for ease of providing comments, to reduce the need for paper copies, and to facilitate quotations from the comments. Comments may be submitted by e-mail to the commission's records center at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include:
|•||The docket number of this proceeding (UE-080111).|
|•||The commenting party's name.|
|•||The title and date of the comment or comments.|
Opportunity for further comment is anticipated. Information about the schedule and other aspects of the rule making, including comments, will be posted on the commission's web site as it becomes available. If you wish to receive further information on this rule making you may (1) call the Commission's Records Center at (360) 664-1234, (2) e-mail the commission at <email@example.com>, or (3) mail written comments to the address above to the attention of Carole J. Washburn, Secretary. When contacting the commission, please refer to Docket UE-080111 to ensure that you are placed on the appropriate service list. Questions may be addressed to Dick Byers, (360) 664-1209, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 5, 2008
Carole J. Washburn