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.

SPECIAL UPDATE: The 2017 Regular Session adjourned sine die on April 23, 2017. The 2017 1st Special Session begins April 24, 2017.

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. Questions about legislative related items? Contact us at info@solarwa.org and we'll try to get an answer for you. 

2017 Legislative Session-bill synopsis

Below is a synopsis of bills introduced this session with direct or possibly indirect solar implications as well as addressing overall state energy policy.

 

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 as of 5/10/2017: Necessary to implement the budget status. In House Finance Committee during special session.

#SolarStrong is an effort spearheaded by Solar Installers of Washington (SIW), a trade association representing its member installers throughout Washington, to engage Washingtonians to support legislation designed to reform the production incentive program which can provide more certainty for the industry and consumers.

*Solar Washington encourages our members and the public to support HB 1048 this legislative session.

If HB 1048 under consideration in Olympia passes, then the utilities have a higher cap on how many dollars they can spend on the solar incentive program. Each utility’s upper cap on how much they can spend in total to payout per the WA Production Incentive program varies based upon their taxable sales. If the bill does not pass, solar customers could experience declining incentive payment rates each year based upon the total # of kilowatt hours that your utility needs to pay out. Contact your utility for more information and an update. Contact us at info@solarwa.org for more info or if you have any questions.

 

HB 1144 (Sponsors: Reps. Fitzgibbon, Ryu, Peterson, Stanford, Jinkins, Goodman, Ormsby, Fey, Pollet, Tarleton, Doglio, Farrell, Macri)

Amending state greenhouse gas emission limits for consistency with the most recent assessment of climate change science.

Update as of 5/10/2017: Likely no movement out of the house. Has been reintroduced in 2017 special session but no action is likely as legislation considering adopting a carbon tax in lieu of increasing state greenhouse gas emission limits.

 

HB 1233 (Sponsors: Rep. Jeff Morris, Rep. Gale Tarleton; Rep. Zack Hudgins)

Enabling electric utilities to prepare for the distributed energy future.

Update as of 5/10/2017: Will not be heard in the 2017 special session. Will be reintroduced in 2018 session in present form.

 

HB 1249 (Sponsors: Reps. Griffey, Klippert, Dent, Walsh, J., MacEwen, McCaslin, Kraft, Hargrove, Van Werven, Haler, Holy, Koster, Shea, Condotta, Muri, Young, Buys)

Recognizing hydroelectricity as an eligible renewable resource in the energy independence act.

Update as of 5/10/2017: Will not be heard in the 2017 special session. Will be reintroduced in 2018 session in present form.

 

*HB 1334 (Sponsors: Reps. Tarleton, Fitzgibbon, Fey, Pollet, Hudgins, Doglio)

Revises the energy independence act and declares that this state can promote energy independence, create high quality jobs in the clean energy sector, maintain stable and affordable rates for all customers, especially low income customers, and protect clean air and water in the Pacific Northwest.

Update as of 5/10/2017: Will not be heard in the 2017 special session. Will be reintroduced in 2018 session in present form.

*NOTE: The Clean Energy First Act would build on the success of Initiative 937, the Energy Independence Act passed by the voters and set a pathway for meeting future energy needs of our state by prioritizing clean energy, including energy efficiency, wind, solar, and existing hydro power. Solar Washington encourages our members and the public to support HB 1334 as it progresses from a concept to adopted law.

 

HB 1335 (Sponsors: Reps. Tarleton, Fitzgibbon, Frame, Fey, Stanford, Pollet, Hudgins, Young, Bergquist, Macri, Santos)

Concerning the electrification of transportation infrastructure.

Update as of 5/10/2017: Will not be heard in the 2017 special session. Will be reintroduced in 2018 session in present form.

 

HB 1360 (Sponsors: Reps. Tarleton, Fitzgibbon, Frame, Fey, Stanford, Pollet, Hudgins, Young, Bergquist, Macri, Santos)

Allowing incremental electricity produced as a result of efficiency improvements to hydroelectric generation projects whose energy output is marketed by the Bonneville power administration to qualify as an eligible renewable resource under the energy independence act.

Update as of 5/10/2017: Will not be heard in the 2017 special session. Will be reintroduced in 2018 session in present form.

 

HB 1403 (Sponsors: Reps. Short, Springer, Kretz, Wilcox, Blake, Schmick, Muri, Lytton, Morris)

Provides a public utility tax credit, a business and occupation tax credit, and an exemption from the brokered natural gas use tax for silicon smelters to promote the manufacture of silicon for solar energy systems.

Update as of 5/10/2017: Reintroduced in present form in committee for consideration in 2017 special session.

 

HB 1458 (Sponsors: Reps. Fitzgibbon, Fey, Farrell, Doglio)

Concerning electric energy performance baselines.

Update as of 5/10/2017: Will not be heard in the 2017 special session. Will be reintroduced in 2018 session in present form.

 

HB 1646 (Sponsors: Reps. Fitzgibbon, Appleton, Fey, Goodman, McBride, Cody, Macri, Doglio, Pollet, Jinkins)

Promoting an equitable clean energy economy by creating a carbon tax that allows investment in clean energy, clean air, healthy forests, and Washington's communities.

Update as of 5/10/2017: Reintroduced in present form in committee for consideration in 2017 special session.

 

HB 1963 (Sponsors: Reps. Fitzgibbon, Fey, Farrell, Doglio)

Concerning electric utility meter-based performance programs.

Update as of 5/10/2017: Will not be heard in the 2017 special session. Will be reintroduced in 2018 session in present form.

 

HB 1964 (Sponsors: Reps. Doglio, Appleton, Tarleton)

Authorizes the establishment of a clean energy district which must be initiated either by petition of qualified voters located within the proposed clean energy district or by resolution of the county legislative authority within which the proposed clean energy district is located.

Update as of 5/10/2017: Retained in present status to hear in regular 2018 session. Will not hear in special session.

 

HJM 4008 (Sponsors: Reps. Griffey, Klippert, Dent, Walsh, J., MacEwen, McCaslin, Kraft, Hargrove, Van Werven, Haler, Holy, Koster, Shea, Condotta, Muri, Young, Buys)

Requesting that the Bonneville Power Administration consider a rate design for the eastern intertie that eliminates or reduces the transmission rate associated with that part of the eastern intertie known as the Montana intertie.

 

SENATE

 

SB 5027 (Sponsors: Senators McCoy, Rolfes, Chase, and Keiser) 

Concerning distributed generation.

Update as of 5/10/2017: Reintroduced in present form for consideration in committee for 2017 special session.

 

SB 5128 (Sponsors: Senators Takko, Rivers, Chase) 

Allowing incremental electricity produced as a result of certain capital investment projects to qualify as an eligible renewable resource under the energy independence act.

Update as of 5/10/2017: Delivered to Governor.

 

SB 5467 (Sponsors: Brown, Baumgartner, Rivers, King, Takko, Miloscia, Bailey, Ericksen, Angel, Honeyford, Becker, Braun, Padden, Hobbs, Wilson, Schoesler) 

Including nuclear energy in the definition of a "qualified alternative energy resource" for the purposes of RCW 19.29A.090.

Update as of 5/10/2017: Reintroduced in present form, but not likely to be pulled out by rules committee. Will likely go to the floor for resurrection in the next regular session.

 

SB 5468 (Sponsors: Brown, Baumgartner, Sheldon, Hobbs, King, Walsh, Rivers, Takko, Miloscia, Bailey, Ericksen, Honeyford, Angel, Becker, Braun, Padden, Wilson, Schoesler) 

Including nuclear energy in the principles that guide development and implementation of the state's energy strategy.

Update as of 5/10/2017: Reintroduced in present form, but not likely to be pulled out by rules committee. Will likely go to the floor for resurrection in the next regular session.

 

SB 5499 (Sponsors: Senator Palumbo) 

Promoting a sustainable, local renewable energy industry through modifying renewable energy system tax incentives and providing guidance for renewable energy system component recycling. This is the companion bill to HB 1048.

Update as of 5/10/2017: Reintroduced in present form for consideration in committee for 2017 special session.

 

SB 5509 (Sponsors: Carlyle, Ranker, Frockt, Hunt, Saldaña) 

Promoting an equitable clean energy economy by creating a carbon tax that allows investment in clean energy, clean air, healthy forests, and Washington's communities. This is the companion bill to HB 1646.

Update as of 5/10/2017: Reintroduced in present form for consideration in committee for 2017 special session.

 

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