PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Consider review of WAC 480-90-238 Least-cost planning, will be reviewed for content and readability consistent with Executive Order 97-02, with attention to the rule's need, effectiveness and efficiency, clarity, intent and statutory authority, coordination, cost, and fairness. A review of WAC 480-90-238 may consider whether substantive changes or additions should be made to the existing rule.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 80.01.040 and 80.04.160.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: During the period 1999 to 2001, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission conducted a comprehensive review of chapter 480-90 WAC, Gas companies -- Operations, in fulfillment of Executive Order 97-02 requirements. WAC 480-90-238 Least-cost planning, was deferred from that review of chapter 480-90 WAC for further study pending the availability of sufficient resources. The commission intends to conduct such a review at this time. This review will examine whether the current rule provides the results that it was originally intended to achieve and whether the rule is consistent with laws, with appropriate and lawful policies, and with the advances in technology in the electric industry. Subjects included in this review may cover but are not limited to:
1. The roles of risk and uncertainty in resource planning;
2. The role of demand management;
3. The role of resource diversity, resource adequacy, and financial and physical hedging;
4. Planning issues, such as planning horizons and filing deadlines;
5. Portfolio analysis;
6. Rule process and enforcement issues;
7. The relationship of least-cost plans to commission review of specific supply or demand response projects;
8. The relevance of any changes in policies or requirements at the federal and state levels; and
9. Appropriate uses of least-cost plans.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: FERC.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study; and the commission will ask for initial written comments, and will 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 by contacting the 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. Interested persons may file written comments on the CR-101 by Friday, May 16, 2003. For specific information regarding opportunities for written comment and to ensure receipt of further information concerning this rule making, please see below.
A stakeholder workshop will be held Friday, June 13, 2003, in Room 206 at the commission's headquarters, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
WRITTEN COMMENTS AND STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP: Written comments may be submitted to the commission at the address given above and should be filed with the commission no later than Friday, May 16, 2003, for consideration at the Friday, June 13, 2003, stakeholder workshop.
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 electronic mail to the commission's records center at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include:
• The docket number of this proceeding (UG-030312).
• The commenting party's name.
• The title and date of the comment or comments.
An alternative method for submitting comments may be by mailing/delivering an electronic copy on a 3 1/2 inch, IBM-formatted, high-density disk, in .pdf Adobe Acrobat format or in Word 97 or later. Include all of the information requested above. The commission will post on the commission's website all comments that are provided in electronic format. The website is located at http://www.wutc.wa.gov/030312. If you are unable to file your comments electronically or to submit them on a disk, the commission will always accept a paper document.
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 website 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 No. UG-030312 to ensure that you are placed on the appropriate service list. Questions may be addressed to Graciela Etchart, (360) 664-1310 or e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
April 15, 2003
Carole J. Washburn