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Transmission Corridors Work Group

Summary

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Identify areas where transmission and distribution facilities may need to be enhanced or constructed.
  3. 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.

Meetings are generally 9am to 4pm on the dates shown below.  Livestream of the meetings during the scheduled time can be found at this link – TCWG Meeting Livestream

Meeting Date/Time

 

SEPTEMBER - Meeting #1

Date: Wednesday September 22, 2021

Time: 9am – 4:30pm

Location: VIRTUAL

 

 

OCTOBER - Meeting #2

Date: Wednesday October 20, 2021

Time: 9am – 4:30pm

Location: VIRTUAL

 

 

DECEMBER - Meeting #3 - Two Parts

Date: Wednesday December 8, 2021

Time: 9am – 12pm

Location: Virtual

 

Date: Thursday December 9, 2021

Time: 9am – 12pm

Location: Virtual

 

 

FEBRUARY - Meeting #4

Date: Wednesday February 2, 2022

Time: 9am – 4:30pm

Location: Virtual

 

 

APRIL - Meeting #5

Date: Wednesday April 6, 2022

Time: 9am – 4:30pm

Location: Virtual

 

 

JUNE - Meeting #6

Date: Wednesday June 1, 2021

Time: 9am – 4:30pm

Location: Virtual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See timeline below:

TCWG timeline image

Membership

The 22-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

Member org.

Org. type

Designated member(s)

Alternate

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
Clint Whitney
Brandy DeLange
WSAC – WA State Assoc. of Counties (2) Association Kevin Shutty
Lindsey Pollock

Paul Jewell
Paul Jewell

Public utility districts (PUDs) Separate; have assoc. Nicolas Garcia tbd
Sovereign tribal governments (2)

Yakama Tribe
Snoqualmie Tribe

Dana Miller
Steven Mullen-Moses
Jeremy Takala
tbd
Affected utility industries (IOU) Pacificorp, PSE, Avista Lorna Luebbe (PSE) tbd
Statewide env. orgs.  Climate Solutions 

Vlad Gutman-Britten

Kelly Hall
Statewide env. orgs Columbia Riverkeepers Erin Saylor Loren Goldberg
BPA - Bonneville Power Admin. Federal entity Anders Johnson Ravi Aggarwal
US Dept. of Defense Federal entity Steve Chung Kim Peacher
Energy Project Developers Avangrid/Renewable Northwest Anders Bisgaard

Katie Ware

Labor & Building/Trades

IBEW 77/ WA State Building and Construction Trades Council Will Power Mark Riker

Public involvement

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:  transmissioncorridors@rossstrategic.com

Meeting recordings

    TCWG Sept 22 2021 Meeting documents

    Document Title Document Date
    Meeting 1 Presentation 09/22/2021
    TCWG Meeting 1 Agenda 09/22/2021

    TCWG October 20 2021 Meeting documents

    TCWG December 2021 Meeting Documents

    Document Title Document Date
    TCWG Meeting 3 Agenda 12/08/2021

    Mailing list:

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