Washington Bulk Transmission Permitting Process (WA)
The steps of the Washington bulk transmission permitting process are summarized in the chart below. Roll over each section for a summary of the regulations and permits it covers. Click a section to learn more about the required permits and regulations related to that topic.
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Bulk Transmission Development in Washington
The electrical grid in Washington is part of the Western Interconnection power grid and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). WECC includes the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, the northern portion of Baja California, Mexico, and all or portions of the 14 Western states between. The WECC is the Regional Entity responsible for coordinating and promoting Bulk Electric System reliability in the Western Interconnection, including in Washington. In addition, WECC provides an environment for coordinating the operating and planning activities of its members as set forth in the WECC Bylaws.
In addition, some transmission owners in Washington are part of the Northern Tier Transmission Group (NTTG). The NTTG is a group of transmission providers and customers that are actively involved in the sale and purchase of transmission capacity of the power grid that delivers electricity to customers in the Northwest and Mountain States. Transmission owners serving this territory work in conjunction with state governments, customers, and other stakeholders to improve the operations of and chart the future for the grid that links all of these service territories.
In Washington, there are investor-owned, independent, and cooperative transmission providers, including:
- Avista Corp that serves eastern Washington;
- PacifiCorp (Washington) that serves southern Washington;
- Puget Sound Energy Inc that serves several counties in western Washington;
- Tacoma Public Utilities that serves Tacoma, Washington;
- Bonneville Power Admin (Washington) that serves several counties across the state;
- Seattle City Light that serves several cities in western Washington.
Washington Energy Policy
The Washington State Energy Office (WEO) provides energy policy support, analysis, and information for the Governor, Legislature, Department of Commerce and other energy decision makers. The WEO provides technical and policy support to Washington members of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, other state agencies and state congressional officials on federal and regional energy policies and legislation WEO provides financial and technical assistance through funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. The State Energy Program emphasizes the WEO role as the decision maker and administrator for the program activities within the state.