Legislation

The_Washington_State_Capitolresize.jpgSolar 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

 

SENATE

SB 5027 (Sponsors: Senators McCoy, Rolfes, Chase, and Keiser); Concerning distributed generation. Read more about and follow the bill's progress. Click to sign up for email updates on 5027.

 

 

Key Committees in the House

Key Committees in the Senate

Additional

  • 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.

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