2019 Legislative Session
During each Legislative Session Solar Washington brings you news and updates to bills introduced in Olympia as they pertain to solar and/or energy related policies. Click to be taken to the Washington State Legislature homepage. Below is a synopsis of bills that were introduced this session with direct or indirect solar implications as well as addressing overall state energy policy. The Legislature convened for a Regular Session on January 14, 2019. The last official day of the regular session is Sunday, April 28th.
We will update this list to reflect new and reintroduced bills for 2019. Click the links to the bills for information about public sessions. Typically, hearings may be televised on TVW.
Skip to the bottom of the page for information on state government agencies involved in energy related initiatives and deployment in Washington.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HB 1113: Amending state greenhouse gas emission limits for consistency with the most recent assessment of climate change science and with the United States' commitment under the 2015 Paris climate agreement; Link to bill.
HB 1126: Enabling electric utilities to prepare for the distributed energy future; Link to bill.
HB 1129: Customer-sited electricity; Link to bill.
HB 1226: Encouraging investment in and reducing the costs of transitioning to the clean energy future; Link to bill.
HB 1232: Recognizing hydroelectricity as an eligible renewable resource in the energy independence act; Link to bill.
SHB 1444: Concerning appliance efficiency standards; Link to bill.
HB 1512: Concerning the electrification of transportation; Link to bill.
HB 1625: Clarifying the valuation and determination of used and useful property for rate making purposes; Link to bill.
For a list of additional bills in/out of the House Environment & Energy Committee, click here.
HB 2042: Advancing green transportation adoption. Link to bill.
SB 5118: Relating to the right to consume self-generated electricity; Link to bill.
SSB 5223: Concerning net metering. Link to bill
SB 5347: Concerning claims about climate change made by electric utilities; Link to bill.
SB 5555: Ensuring that components of solar energy systems are produced in the United States or according to Washington state environmental standards; Link to bill.
SB 5588: Authorizing the production, distribution, and sale of renewable hydrogen; Link to bill.
SB 5629: Promoting small modular reactors in Washington; Link to bill.
LEGISLATION ON THE BOOKS
SB 5939 (Signed by Governor Jay Inslee on June 30, 2017): Promoting a sustainable, local renewable energy industry through modifying renewable energy system tax incentives and providing guidance for renewable energy system component recycling. Link to bill.
Energy Independence Act (EIA or I-937): The Energy Independence Act requires electric utilities serving at least 25,000 retail customers to use renewable energy and energy conservation. Link to the Act. Link to Department of Commerce overview.
Key Committees in the House
- House Appropriations Committee
- House Capital Budget Committee
- House Environment & Energy Committee (Energy related bills which formerly went through the House Technology & Economic Development Committee now will to through the newly reconfigured House Environment & Energy Committee.)
- House Finance Committee
- House Innovation, 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.
Other governmental agencies
The website of Governor Jay Inslee provides an overview of the Governor's energy policy and proposals including a proposed 2019–21 biennial budget makes significant investments in clean energy. Inslee's budget invests in clean electricity, buildings and transportation. Click for more information. Read about Governor Inslee's proposal to fight climate change (from December 2018).
Governor Inslee delivered the annual State of the State address in which he addresses, among other things, climate change as well as clean energy technology successes and advancements. Forward ahead to approximately the 32:40 mark. Click to watch from TVW.
The Department of Commerce is the one agency in state government that touches every aspect of community and economic development: planning, infrastructure, energy, public facilities, housing, public safety and crime victims, international trade, business services and more. DoC works with local governments, businesses and civic leaders throughout the state to strengthen communities so all residents may thrive and prosper. Click to view DoC's Energy page on their website.
Representatives from the Department of Commerce recently gave an Energy 101 presentation to the House Environment & Energy Committee. Click to view slides from the presentation. (Slide file presented courtesy the Department of Commerce.). Click to view a video presentation in front of the House Environment and Energy Committee (from January 21, 2019).
The 2019 Biennial Department of Commerce Energy Report provides the governor and legislature an analysis of energy issues affecting Washington residents and businesses, along with an update on recommendations made in the last state energy strategy. Click to read the report.
The State of Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC or Council) provides a "one-stop" siting process for major energy facilities in the State of Washington. EFSEC coordinates all evaluation and licensing steps for siting certain energy facilities in Washington including solar. Click for more information.
The Washington State Building Code Council was created to advise the Legislature on building code issues and to develop the building codes used in Washington state. These codes help to ensure buildings and facilities constructed in the state are safe and healthy for building occupants, accessible to persons with disabilities and the elderly, and energy efficient. Though no longer active, the SBCC's Solar Technical Advisory Group met a few years ago to discuss issues and procedures relating to solar PV. Click for details.
Make your voice heard
During the legislative session, you can call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to talk with a live operator and urge your Senator and two Representatives to vote for or against any bill. Bill description, status and votes are updated regularly. You can also find your Senator and Representatives and see a map of your district. Or, you can also find lists of all Senators and Representatives as well as Committee Lists.
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