In the aftermath of the rejection of major energy projects, Washington stakeholders are trying to determine what the future holds for oil and natural gas in the Pacific Northwest.

Two years ago, Washington’s Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) mandated carbon-free electricity by 2045. The use of natural gas was mandated until 2045 for up to 20% of electricity requirements, “provided that this use is offset by alternative compliance instruments such as renewable energy certificates.”

The state Department of Commerce implements CETA, including setting rules, procedures, and regular assessments. 

“Clean electricity will allow the state to replace fossil fuels in other end uses, especially transportation, and achieve its long-term climate goals,” said Commerce...