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Utilities and Transportation Comm

RCW 80, 81, 19.122

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) regulates the rates and services of private or investor owned utility and transportation companies, including: electric and natural gas, telecommunications (not including wireless, Internet, or cable), solid waste collection, water, oil pipelines, household goods movers, commercial ferries, and airporters. The commission also regulates the safety of pipelines, railroad carriers, railroad-highway grade crossings, and buses and other transportation carriers it regulates for rates. The commission protects consumers by ensuring that these services are fairly priced, available, reliable, and safe. The agency carefully balances the interests of the companies providing service with the interests of the consumers in Washington who pay in excess of $6.5 billion annually for these services. The commission investigates consumer complaints and conducts compliance investigations into companies’ business practices to ensure regulated companies treat consumers fairly and that these companies are in compliance with state laws and commission rules.

Agency Mission

The UTC protects consumers by ensuring that utility and transportation services are fairly priced, available, reliable, and safe.
Request 74,581,000
Net change from current biennium (148,000) Decrease
Percent change from current biennium (0.2%) Decrease

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
General Fund - Basic Account - Federal
3,069,000 Pipeline Safety Account - Federal 2,978,862 3,069,000 3,204,000
16,463,000 General Fund - Basic Account - Private/Local 12,470,780 16,463,000 16,650,000
General Fund - Basic Account - State 157,622
50,000 Pilotage Account - State 50,000 150,000
1,604,000 Grade Crossing Protective Account - State 452,566 1,604,000 504,000
40,225,000 Public Service Revolving Account - State 31,731,802 40,225,000 40,638,000
3,412,000 Pipeline Safety Account - State 1,979,350 3,412,000 3,529,000
64,823,000 Total Appropriated Funds 49,770,983 64,823,000 64,675,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Non-Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Balance Non-Apropriated Funds 2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
Industrial Insurance Premium Refund - Nonappropriated 49,972
Damage Prevention Account - Nonappropriated 21,800
(9,906,000) Universal Communications Services - Nonappropriated 7,004,526 9,906,000 9,906,000
(9,906,000) Total Non-Appropriated Funds 7,076,297 9,906,000 9,906,000

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 29,567,854 28,208,934 12,305,965 37,171,000 37,410,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
10,623,338 23.0% (16,332,381) (28.7%) 34,066,101 84.1%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2016-17 Actual 2017-18 Estimated 2018-19 Estimated 2019-20 Proposed 2020-21 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 153.4 151.4 151.4 174.1 178.2