Western states bring it together for clean energy

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. 
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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.
Kelly Hall's picture

Senior Policy Manager

, Climate Solutions

Kelly helps to develop and implement the policy and regulatory agenda for transitioning Washington to a clean energy economy. She most recently held the position of Washington Policy Manager with Renewable Northwest, where she advocated for frameworks to expand renewable energy penetration in the region.  

Having spent time as a Probation Officer in Indiana, a Volunteer Coordinator in Argentina, and an AmeriCorps Tutor in Seattle, it wasn’t until after taking a course on the ethics of climate change that her career path and passions would converge into action on climate change.  She graduated with an M.P.A. from the University of Washington with certificates in Environmental Management and Climate Science in 2014.  While in graduate school, Kelly held positions as a Research Assistant with the Climate Impacts Groups, a Sustainability & Materials Management Intern with the U.S. EPA Region 10, and a Student Consultant for the PNW Smart Grid Demonstration Project. 

In her free time, Kelly enjoys finding new adventurous hikes, wandering around on a bike, and tasting Washington’s finest wines.