2018 is the year of climate progress for Washington state. Together we can make Washington a leader in addressing climate risks, ensuring all communities have a voice, and accelerating the creation of a clean energy economy. This year, the Washington State Legislature is tackling important legislations to curb our state’s greenhouse gas emissions and look ahead to what a clean energy future needs. We are now mid-way through session and it is a good time to relook at bills that are moving forward.
Here is our working list of top tier priorities for climate action:
Pricing Pollution and Funding Solutions
- Carbon Pollution: This remains our top priority – an effective and equitable approach to charge polluters and invest in solutions for clean jobs, clean energy and the protection of our air, water, and land for all Washingtonians. The bill (SB 6203) has passed its first major hurtle and moved out of the Senate environment committee. The bill is now in Ways & Means and we are working together with legislative allies to strengthen the bill to make it the most effective at reducing harmful pollution, creating clean energy jobs, and investing in communities most directly impacted by pollution.
Cleaner transportation – our largest source of climate pollution:
- Establish a Clean Fuels Standard: Transportation is the largest contributor to polluting greenhouse gas emissions here in Washington State. This bill (HB 2338) establishes a standard for clean fuels that will incentivize our state to get off dirty fossil fuels.
- Reducing air emissions at ports by requiring trucks to meet certain emission standards and to transition to zero-emission vehicles by 2035 (HB 2601).
- Reducing emissions by making changes to clean car standards and clean car program (HB 2328)
- Ensures Building Code Council can establish safe and efficient building standards (HB 1622)
- Provides important flexibility and guidelines for energy efficiency rates for residential structures in order to meet state energy reduction goals (HB 2931).
- Requires the state use low carbon construction materials and increase transparency around global warming potential of projects (HB 2412).
Setting a course for a clean energy economy:
- Provides the state flexibility in how they managing electric and natural gas companies in order to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions (HB 2839).
- Updates the state’s energy conservation targets and requirements to meet annual loads with renewable resources at an incremental rate through 2040 while creating high quality jobs and maintaining stable and affordable rates for all customers (HB 2402).
- Updates the state’s energy conservation targets and requirements to meet annual loads while reducing fossil fuel generation at an incremental rate through 2045 at which point all they will be at a 100% reduction while at the same time evaluating barriers to renewable energy for people of low-income and small businesses (SB 6253).
- Raises the ‘net-metering cap’ on residential solar energy use, allowing more customers to receive payment incentives from their electric utility for going solar (SB 6081).
Want to find out more? Check out our bills to watch page, where we have even more up-to-date information.