Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 2001 NO. 1 > Jan 17 2001

Cities and towns lack the authority to operate their street lighting as a utility or to impose a charge on the city's utility customers for the cost of furnishing street lighting.

AGO 2013 NO. 6 > Dec 3 2013



  1.  The reference to the “most recently published regional power plan” in RCW 19.285.040(1)(a), which was enacted as part of Initiative Measure 937, refers to the Pacific Northwest Electric Power And Conservation Planning Council power plan in existence at the time the statute was enacted.
  2. The term “methodologies” in RCW 19.285.040(1)(a) means a set of methods or procedures employed in the solution of a problem.
  3. The phrase “conservation calculator” in WAC 194-37-070 refers not only to the calculator employed in the power plan in existence at the time RCW 19.285.040 was enacted, but also refers to calculators based on the most recently published power plan.
  4. RCW 19.285.040(1)(b) requires a consumer-owned utility to review and update its achievable cost-effective conservation potential every two years, including any necessary update to biennial targets based on new information.


AGO 1982 NO. 15 > Nov 16 1982

(1) The November 1 deadline in § 4, chapter 49, Laws of 1982, 1st Ex. Sess., relating to the reduction of certain municipal utility taxes, is mandatory in the sense that a city or town may be compelled, through the issuance of a writ of mandamus, to take action, each year, before that date; however, a city or town does not lose the power, or capacity, to take the requisite action as a consequence of its failure to act prior to the arrival of that specified date. (2) Insofar as they prohibit a rate change from taking effect before the expiration of sixty days following the enactment of the ordinance establishing the rate change, the provisions of § 3, chapter 49, Laws of 1982, 1st Ex. Sess. are applicable to reductions as well as increases. (3) A city or town may not enact an ordinance on October 31 of a given year, reducing its tax rate pursuant to § 4, chapter 49, Laws of 1982, 1st Ex. Sess., to become operative more than sixty days thereafter.