Transmission Corridors Work Group
Mandated by Section 25 of the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) of 2019, this 20-member body will meet for six separate day-long meetings running from September 2021 until June of 2022. The work group is expected to report its findings back to the Governor and legislature in a final report due by Dec. 31, 2022.
The Transmission Corridors Work Group was formed to:
- Review the need for upgraded and new electricity transmission and distribution facilities to improve reliability, relieve congestion, and enhance the capability of the transmission and distribution facilities in the state to deliver electricity from electric generation, non-emitting electric generation, or renewable resources to retail electric load.
- Identify areas where transmission and distribution facilities may need to be enhanced or constructed.
- Identify environmental review options that may be required to complete the designation of such corridors and recommend ways to expedite review of transmission projects without compromising required environmental protection.
A list of meeting dates/times and zoom/call-in info can be found here
See timeline below:
The 20-member Work Group consists of one representative from each of eight selected State agencies, one representative each from the affected utilities industry and Public Utility Districts, and two representatives each from the Association of Washington Cities, Association of Washington Counties, sovereign tribal governments, and statewide environmental organizations. Representatives from Bonneville Power Association (BPA) and Department of Defense (DOD) are “ex-officio” members.
Representatives for the Transmission Corridors Work Group
|Dept. of Commerce||State agency||Glenn Blackmon||Michael Furze|
|UTC||State agency||Elizabeth O'Connell||Mark Vasconi|
|Dept. of Ecology||State agency||Brendon McFarland||Diane Butorac|
|DFW||State agency||Benjamin Blank||Michael Garrity|
|DNR||State agency||Loren Torgerson||George Geissler|
|WSDOT||State agency||Ahmer Nizam||Justin Zweifel|
|Dept. of Arch. & Historic Pres.||State agency||Allyson Brooks||tbd|
|Military Dept.||State agency||Bernard (Rick) Jackson||Alan Dorow|
|AWC – Assoc. of WA Cities (2)||Association||Julie Coppock
|WSAC – WA State Assoc. of Counties (2)||Association||Kevin Shutty
|Public utility districts (PUDs)||Separate; have assoc.||Nicolas Garcia||tbd|
|Sovereign tribal governments (2)||
|Affected utility industries (IOU)||Pacificorp, PSE, Avista||Lorna Luebbe (PSE)||tbd|
|Statewide env. orgs. (2)||Climate Solutions / Renewable NW
|Erin Saylor||Loren Goldberg|
|BPA - Bonneville Power Admin.||Federal entity||Anders Johnson||Ravi Aggarwal|
|US Dept. of Defense||Federal entity||Steve Chung||Kim Peacher|
Meetings will be live-streamed for the public (meeting links coming soon). EFSEC welcomes public comment on this process at any time. Comments can be made after each meeting during the public comment period (limit 2 minutes per person), or emailed to: email@example.com
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