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

 

 

Reforming the state production incentive program

UPDATE as of July 3, 2017: The Senate and House passed SB 5939 addressing the state production incentive and is now awaiting Governor Inslee's signature. Click for more info on the bill's history as well as the final bill itself. 

 

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. This is a companion bill to SB 5499. See also SB 5939 below.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 (Sponsor: 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 1048See also SB 5939 below.

Update as of 6/12/2017: 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.

 

SB 5939 (Sponsors: Ericksen, Palumbo) 

Promoting a sustainable, local renewable energy industry through modifying renewable energy system tax incentives and providing guidance for renewable energy system component recycling. (See also SB 5499 and HB 1048)

Update as of 7/3/2017: Passed the House and Senate. Forwarded to the Governor. Reintroduced in present form for consideration in committee for 2017 special session. Click for details

 

Key Committees in the House

Key Committees in the Senate

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