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Washington State Legislative Session: Week 4 Update

Tuesday, February 6, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Guest Contributor: Brad Boswell of Boswell Consulting

 

The table below gives an update on the status of current Senate and House bills related to energy, R&D, economic development, utilities and carbon. 

Bill #

Abbrev. Title

Short Description

Status

Sponsor

Priority

SHB 1233

Distributed energy

Enabling electric utilities to prepare for the distributed energy future.

H Rules R

Morris

 

HB 1335(Dead)

Transp. electrification

Concerning the electrification of transportation infrastructure.

H Tech & Econ De

Tarleton

High

HB 1372(Dead)

Greenhouse gas framework

Updating the framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Washington based upon best available climate science.

H Environment

Farrell

High

HB 1458(Dead)

Electric energy perf. basel.

Concerning electric energy performance baselines.

H Tech & Econ De

Fitzgibbon

High

HB 1497

Coal electricity conversion

Providing sales and use tax exemptions, in the form of a remittance of tax paid, to encourage coal-fired electric generation plants to convert to natural gas-fired plants or biomass energy facilities.

H Finance

Walsh

High

ESHB 1809(Dead)

Alt. fuel comm. vehicles tax

Concerning tax credits for clean alternative fuel commercial vehicles.

C 116 L 17

Fey

High

SHB 1894(SB 5630)

High-technology research tax

Reinstating tax preferences for certain high-technology research and development.

H Finance

Sullivan

High

HB 1963(Dead)

Electric meter-based perf.

Concerning electric utility meter-based performance programs.

H Tech & Econ De

Doglio

High

HB 1964(Dead)

Clean energy financing

Concerning clean energy financing.

H Local Govt

Doglio

High

SHB 2280(SB 6130)

Community solar gardens

Concerning community solar gardens.

H Rules R

Morris

High

SHB 2283

Clean energy

Encouraging investment in and reducing the costs of transitioning to the clean energy future.

H Finance

DeBolt

High

HB 2299(SB 6032)

Supp. operating budget

Making supplemental operating appropriations.

H Approps

Ormsby

High

SHB 2319

Energy conservation programs

Concerning energy conservation programs under the energy independence act.

H Rules R

Doglio

High

HB 2328

Clean car standards & prog.

Reducing emissions by making changes to the clean car standards and clean car program.

H Approps

Morris

High

SHB 2338

Greenhouse gas/transp. fuels

Low Carbon Fuel Standard

H Trans

Fitzgibbon

High

HB 2339

Electric truck tractors

Encouraging the purchase of all electric truck tractor vehicles.

H Finance

Condotta

High

HB 2340

Alternative fuel vehicle tax

Extending the sales and use tax exemption for certain alternative fuel vehicles.

H Trans

Condotta

High

HB 2347(Dead)

Zero-carbon electric grid

Requiring electric utilities to provide reports on the lowest cost, lowest risk options for a transition to a zero-carbon electric grid.

H Tech & Econ D

Smith

High

HB 2402

Energy independence act

Concerning the energy independence act.

H Approps

Tarleton

 

SHB 2410

On-bill repayment programs

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.

H Rules R

Doglio

 

HB 2412

Procurement/buy clean

Creating the buy clean Washington act.

H Cap Budget

Doglio

 

SHB 2510

Electrical net metering

Concerning net metering.

H Rules R

Morris

High

SHB 2580(SSB 6449)

Renewable natural gas

Land fill Gas

H Finance

Morris

High

HB 2653

Alt fuel vehicle tax exmptns

Modifying the alternative fuel vehicle sales and use tax exemptions for the purposes of expanding the exemptions and amending related provisions.

H Finance

Fey

High

HB 2749(Dead)

Rural internet infra./taxes

Allowing a local sales and use tax as a credit against the state sales tax for rural high-speed internet infrastructure without increasing the total sales and use tax rate.

H Tech & Econ D

Orcutt

 

HB 2782(SB 6434)

Electric-assisted bicycles

Concerning electric-assisted bicycles.

H Trans

Kilduff

 

SHB 2814

Retail electric bill afford.

Studying state policies and programs that impact the affordability of retail electric bills in Washington state.

H Approps

Smith

 

SHB 2897

Dist. energy & trans. elect.

Concerning electric utility plans for distributed energy resources and transportation electrification.

H Rules R

Morris

 

SHB 2931

Energy efficiency

Increasing energy efficiency.

H Rules R

Doglio

 

SHJM 4008

Eastern intertie rate design

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.

H Rules 3C

Morris

High

SB 5467(Dead)

Nuclear energy as alt energy

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

S Energy, Environ

Brown

High

SB 5468(Dead)

Nuclear energy/st. strategy

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

S Energy, Environ

Brown

High

SB 5509(Dead) (HB 1646)

Carbon tax

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.

S Energy, Environ

Carlyle

High

SB 5630(SHB 1894)

High-technology research tax

Reinstating tax preferences for certain high-technology research and development.

S Ways & Means

Braun

High

SB 5716

Electric vehicle charging

Addressing electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

S Transportation

Chase

High

SSB 6080

Transp. electrification

Concerning the electrification of transportation.

S Ways & Means

Palumbo

High

SSB 6081

Distributed generation

Concerning distributed generation.

S Rules 2

Palumbo

High

SSB 6187

Transp. electrification

Concerning the electrification of transportation.

S Rules 2

Carlyle

 

SSB 6203

Carbon pollution

Reducing carbon pollution by investing in rural economic development and a clean energy economy.

S Ways & Means

Carlyle

 

SSB 6253

Renewable energy standard

Establishing a clean, efficient, renewable energy standard.

S Ways & Means

Ranker

 

SB 6285(Dead)

Hazardous substance tax

Creating the hazardous substance tax stabilization act.

S Energy, Enviro

Palumbo

 

SSB 6350

Geothermal resources

Promoting renewable energy by advancing the development of geothermal resources.

S Ways & Means

Brown

 

SSB 6424(SHB 2839)

Electric & nat gas companies

Authorizing an alternative form of regulation of electrical and natural gas companies.

S Rules 2

Carlyle

 

SSB 6449(SHB 2580)

Renewable natural gas

Promoting renewable natural gas.

S Ways & Means

Warnick

 

SB 6477(Dead) (SHB 2413)

Voluntary alt. energy option

Concerning the voluntary option to purchase qualified alternative energy resources.

S Energy, Enviro

Rolfes

 

SB 6563

Aviation biofuels work group

Reestablishing the sustainable aviation biofuels work group.

S 2nd Reading

Billig

 


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