Solar 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. The Legislature convened for a Regular Session on January 8, 2018 and ended March 8.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HB 1233: Enabling electric utilities to prepare for the distributed energy future; Link to bill.
HB 2280: Concerning community solar gardens; Link to bill.
HB 2281: Recertifying renewable energy systems eligible for a renewable energy system production incentive; Link to bill.
HB 2283: Encouraging investment in and reducing the costs of transitioning to the clean energy future; Link to bill.
HB 2402: Concerning the energy independence act; Link to bill.
HB 2410: Allowing the energy savings associated with on-bill repayment programs to count toward a qualifying utility’s energy conservation targets under the energy independence act; Link to bill.
HB 2413: Concerning the voluntary option to purchase qualified alternative energy resources.; Link to bill.
HB 2510: Concerning net metering; Link to bill.
SB 6081: Concerning distributed generation; Link to bill.
SB 6130: Concerning community solar gardens; Link to bill.
SB 6203: Reducing carbon pollution by moving to a clean energy economy; Link to bill.
SB 6253: Establishing a clean, efficient, renewable energy standard; Link to bill.
Key Committees in the House
- House Appropriations Committee
- House Capital Budget Committee
- House Environment Committee
- House Finance 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
Many hearings are available for viewing live or archived on TVW.org.
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