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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 passenger transportation carriers. The commission also regulates the safety of pipelines, railroad carriers, railroad-highway grade crossings, and buses. The commission protects consumers by ensuring that these services are safe, available, reliable, and fairly priced. The agency carefully balances the interests of regulated companies 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 safe, available, reliable, and fairly priced..
Request 74,415,000
Net change from current biennium 4,141,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 5.9% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
230,000 Public Service Revolving Account - Federal 230,000 100,000
4,163,000 Pipeline Safety Account - Federal 3,069,000 4,163,000 3,101,000
16,642,000 General Fund - Private/Local 8,667,994 16,642,000 16,466,000
296,000 296,000 General Fund - State
150,000 Pilotage Account - State 25,744 150,000 150,000
504,000 Grade Crossing Protective Account - State 1,483,456 504,000 504,000
42,054,000 Public Service Revolving Account - State 36,957,543 42,054,000 40,687,000
2,571,000 Pipeline Safety Account - State 2,144,404 2,571,000 3,407,000
66,610,000 296,000 Total Appropriated Funds 52,348,140 66,314,000 64,415,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Non-Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Balance Non-Apropriated Funds 2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
Industrial Insurance Premium Refund - Nonappropriated 13,896
Damage Prevention Account - Nonappropriated 148,325
(3,960,000) Universal Communications Services - Nonappropriated 8,140,200 3,960,000 10,000,000
(3,960,000) Total Non-Appropriated Funds 8,302,421 3,960,000 10,000,000

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 32,441,626 29,268,501 8,636,977 37,443,000 36,972,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
3,960,901 7.0% (22,745,082) (37.5%) 36,509,522 96.3%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2018-19 Actual 2019-20 Estimated 2020-21 Estimated 2021-22 Proposed 2022-23 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 153.9 155.3 143.1 183.0 188.9