Legislation & Policy

The_Washington_State_Capitolresize.jpg2019 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.

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 1070: Concerning the tax treatment of renewable natural gas; Link to bill. (Companion to SB 5108)

HB 1110: Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels; Link to bill. (Companion to SB 5412)

HB 1112: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from hydrofluorocarbons; Link to bill. (Companion to SB 5426)

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 1211: Supporting Washington's clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future; Link to bill. (Companion to SB 5116)

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.

HB 1257: Concerning energy efficiency; Link to bill. (Companion to SB 5293)

HB 1332: Streamlines and updates the operations of the energy facility site evaluation council; Link to bill. (Companion to SB 5329)

HB 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

SENATE

SB 5108: Concerning the tax treatment of renewable natural gas; Link to bill. (Companion to HB 1070)

SB 5115: Concerning appliance efficiency standards; Link to bill. (Companion to HB 1444)

SB 5116: Supporting Washington's clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future; Link to bill. (Companion to HB 1211)

SB 5118: Relating to the right to consume self-generated electricity; Link to bill.

SSB 5223: Concerning net metering. Link to bill

SB 5293: Concerning energy efficiency. Link to bill (Companion to HB 1257)

SB 5329: Streamlines and updates the operations of the energy facility site evaluation council; Link to bill. (Companion to HB 1332)

SB 5347: Concerning claims about climate change made by electric utilities; Link to bill

SB 5412: Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels; Link to bill. (Companion to HB 1110)

SB 5426: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from hydrofluorocarbons; Link to bill. (Companion to HB 1112)

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

Click for a list of bills considered or passed in 2018

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

Key Committees in the Senate

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 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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