Washington State Climate Commitment Act
The Climate Commitment Act is State law that is intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from sources located in Washington, including emissions resulting from the consumption of natural gas by Avista Customers. It does so by imposing declining limits or caps on emissions and requiring utilities to purchase credits, or “allowances,” for emissions that exceed the cap. Washington State legislators passed the law in 2021 and is administered by the Washington Department of Ecology. The law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2023.
Climate Commitment Act Cost Impacts
Many Avista natural gas customers will see higher bills as a result of this climate policy. The increase is a result of Avista purchasing credits to comply with the law. Washington State plans to use the funds collected from this program to invest in climate projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The cost increase will vary depending on several factors including classification of customers such as residential versus commercial or industrial.
To learn more, visit Climate Commitment Act - Washington State Department of Ecology.
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