Solar Washington brings you news and updates to bills introduced in Olympia as they pertain to solar and/or energy related policies. The 2017 legislative session begins January 9 and is scheduled to end on or by April 23. During the legislative session, you can use the Legislative Hotline to leave a message for your legislators or the Governor about any piece of legislation by calling 1-800-562-6000 or visit the state legislature website to find and contact your legislators.
Bills Introduced this session with solar implications:
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HB 1048 (Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Morris)
Promoting a sustainable, local renewable energy industry through modifying renewable energy system tax incentives and providing guidance for renewable energy system component recycling.
UPDATE: A public hearing took place on January 12. Click to watch.
Comparing the current incentive program to the proposed bill
#SolarStrong, a petition spearheaded by Solar Installers of Washington (SIW), a trade association representing its member installers throughout Washington, has provided a side-by-side comparison of the current program versus the proposed bill draft to begin the 2017 legislative session. Click for details.
HB 1233 (Sponsors: Rep. Jeff Morris, Rep. Gale Tarleton; Rep. Zack Hudgins)
Enabling electric utilities to prepare for the distributed energy future.
UPDATE: Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Technology & Economic Development Jan. 19 at 1:30 PM (Subject to change). Click to watch.
Key Committees in the House
- House Appropriations Committee
- House Capital Budget Committee
- House Environment Committee
- House Technology & Economic Development Committee
Key Committees in the Senate
- Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee
- Senate Trade & Economic Development Committee
- Senate Ways & Means Committee
- Initiative I-937: A clean energy initiative passed by the voters in the November 2006 elections that requires the state’s larger utilities to achieve 15% renewable energy by 2020 and to separately realize cost effective, bill-lowering energy efficiency savings. This law is referred to as a renewable energy portfolio standard.
- From Governor Jay Inslee: 2015 Carbon Pollution Reduction Legislative Proposals including Executive Order 14-04.