In 2006, west coast states came together and agreed to work on solutions to fighting climate change. This week the utility regulators of Washington, Oregon, and California committed to lead on climate again, signing an agreement
to promote clean energy resources and infrastructure.
Utility regulators play a critical role
in guiding utilities to act in their customers’ best interest, which includes protecting us all from risky investments in fossil fuels. In light of deep cuts on scientific climate research and rollbacks of environmental regulations that protect public health, Washington’s UTC Chairman David Danner organized his fellow utility regulators from California and Oregon to sign a new memorandum of understanding.
The agreement ensures that the three states will coordinate and focus on work that advances energy efficiency, transportation electrification, and the effectiveness and use of renewable energy. This coordination will be particularly important now, as Washington's UTC updates important rules around how utilities make resource decisions, analyzes the role of utilities in facilitating rooftop solar and energy efficiency, and sets up the structure for utility investments in transportation electrification.
The electricity sector is regional, so our three states’ regulators can help craft innovative solutions for clean energy and help create effective frameworks for electrifying the transportation sector. Working as a group, our states will go further together than any one of us can by ourselves. We look forward to seeing the products of this work as we continue the transition to a clean energy economy.