WUTC Approves PSE 2021 RFP With Modifications

On June 14, 2021, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (Washington Commission) issued an order approving of Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) All-Source Request for Proposals (RFP), with two significant modifications. First, the Washington Commission required PSE to remove a cost adder on PPA bids for a potential return on power purchase agreements (PPAs). Second, the Washington Commission required PSE to accept comments and hold a workshop on Effective Load Carrying Capability (ELCC) calculations. PSE expects that bids will be due September 1, 2021.  [Read more…]

Washington Commission Focuses on Protecting Customers During the COVID Pandemic in Puget Sound Energy Rate Case

On July 8, 2020, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (Washington Commission) rejected Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE’s) proposed rate increases for electric and natural gas customers and instead authorized much smaller increases that effectively provided a less than one percent increase. The Washington Commission’s decision reflects the Washington Commission’s efforts to protect ratepayers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  
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Washington UTC Approves Multiparty Settlement in Avista Rate Case

On March 25, 2020, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“UTC”) approved a multiparty settlement in Avista’s rate case. The decision will ultimately result in a rate increase, yet the Commission approved a number of refunds that will keep electric rates down this year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  [Read more…]

PacifiCorp Stranded Cost Filing Rejected by Washington UTC

On October 12, 2017, PacifiCorp’s stranded cost tariff was rejected by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (Washington Commission). PacifiCorp proposed a tariff that would broadly charge departing customers removal costs as well as impose a significant exit fee to recover its alleged stranded costs. The Washington Commission’s order agreed in principle that customers that leave the utility’s service should pay for both removal costs necessary for their disconnection and stranded costs, but rejected PacifiCorp’s specific tariff concluding that stranded costs should be calculated on a case-by-case basis.    [Read more…]

Washington UTC Approves PSE-Microsoft Renewable Direct Access Contract

On July 13, 2017, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (Washington Commission) approved a special contract between Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Microsoft that was supported by a broad coalition of renewable energy advocates, independent power producers, environmentalists, ratepayer and low-income advocates, and the Commission Staff.    [Read more…]