Every week during the Washington State Legislative Session, the Environmental Priorities Coalition prepares a “Hot List” for legislators detailing our positions on up to ten of the highest priority issues for the upcoming week.

This is also your tool to understand the highest priority environmental bills at play in Olympia right now. Click on each bill to learn more and take action. Scroll down to see previous weeks’ “Hot Lists” in PDF format.

Contact clifford@ctassociates.org if you have any questions. We hope you find this tool helpful!

 

Week of March 11

HB 1110

Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels (Clean Fuel Standard).

>> Possible Floor Action

 

Overview:

  • Supports the deployment of clean transportation fuel technologies through a carefully designed program that reduces the carbon intensity of fuel used in the state, while cutting down pollutants that harm public health.

 

Sponsors: Fitzgibbon, Slatter, Kloba, Peterson, Tharinger, Jinkins, Macri, Cody, Bergquist, Doglio, Robinson, Pollet, Stanford, Frame

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HB 1112

Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels (Clean Fuel Standard).

>> Public Hearing on Thursday, March 14th

 

Overview:

  • Phases out the sale and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are primarily used as refrigerants, in different applications by 2024.
  • HFCs are extremely potent greenhouse gases with existing alternatives for their use. HFCs are already restricted in California and were previously by the EPA.

 

Status: Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee

Sponsors: Fitzgibbon, Kloba, Peterson, Tharinger, Jinkins, Macri, Goodman, Bergquist, Doglio, Robinson, Pollet, Stanford, Frame

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HB 1126

Enabling electric utilities to prepare for the distributed energy future.

>> Possible  Floor Action

 

Overview:

  • Establishes state policy that any distributed energy resources planning process engaged in by an electric utility should identify potential programs to fairly compensate customers for the value of their Distributed Energy resources.
  • Create a 10-year plan for distribution system investments and analyze non-wire alternatives.

 

Sponsors: Morris, Ryu, Wylie, Kloba, Young

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HB 1257

Concerning energy efficiency (Clean Buildings for Washington Act). 

>> Possible Executive Session

 

Overview:

  • Addresses the built environment, which produces 27% of Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions – our second largest source of emission.
  • Addresses natural gas use in homes and buildings with increased conservation programs; spurs retrofits in large existing commercial buildings with performance standards and state incentives; and requires EV-readiness in new buildings with parking.

 

Status: House Appropriations Committee

Sponsors: Doglio, Tarleton, Lekanoff, Fitzgibbon, Dolan, Fey, Mead, Peterson, Kloba, Riccelli, Macri, Hudgins, Morris, Stanford, Appleton, Slatter, Tharinger, Jinkins, Pollet, Goodman

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HB 1428

Concerning the disclosure of attributes of electricity products.

>> Public Hearing on Thursday, March 14th

 

 

Overview:

  • Improves consumer protection by making the fuel disclosure report more specific and timely.
  • Clarifies reporting on renewable resources and renewable energy credits.

 

Status: Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee

Sponsors: Shewmake, Tarleton, Lekanoff, Fitzgibbon

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HB 1444

Concerning appliance efficiency standards.

>> Public Hearing on Thursday, March 14th

 

 

Overview:

  • Sets energy and water efficiency standards for common consumer products, saving consumers money on utility bills and helping transition our energy system to a cleaner future.
  • Sets water efficiency standards for home and commercial plumbing products, saving billions of gallons of water over the next decade.

 

Status: Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee

Sponsors: Morris, Fitzgibbon, Tarleton, Ormsby

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HB 1512

Concerning the electrification of transportation.

>> Possible Floor Action

Overview:

  • Allows municipal utilities and public utility districts to create and offer incentive programs to support the electrification of transportation.
  • Also allows investor-owned utilities to submit plans to the Utilities and Transportation Commission that would give them the opportunity to provide electric vehicle infrastructure and incentives that support the electrification of transportation.

 

Sponsors: Fey, Steele, Valdez, Ortiz-Self, Fitzgibbon, Klippert, Tarleton, Mead, Pollet, Jinkins, Boehnke, Slatter, DeBolt, Dent, Chapman, Frame, Stanford, Tharinger, Macri

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HB 2042

Advancing green transportation adoption.

>> Possible Executive Session

Overview:

  • Establishes and extends tax incentive programs for alternative fuel vehicles. Support is contingent on the funding source of these incentives.
  • Provides funding, increases utility authorization, and adds technical assistance and additional research to support sector-wide transportation electrification.

 

Status: House Transportation Committee

Sponsors: Fey, Orcutt, Slatter, Doglio, Tharinger, Ramos

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HB 2047

Concerning carbon sequestration on natural and working lands as part of the state’s climate change response.

>> Possible Floor Action

 

Overview:

  • Develops a collaborative process to assess and analyze carbon reduction possibilities in the forest sector.
  • Better positions the state and landowners in evaluating information and shaping opportunities (e.g., carbon markets) appropriate for reducing carbon pollution and to meet the needs of the specific type of landowner.

 

Sponsors: Ramos, Springer, Lekanoff, Shewmake, Doglio, Pettigrew, Fitzgibbon, Frame, Chapman, Senn, Tharinger, Leavitt

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SB 5116

Supporting Washington’s clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future (100% Clean Electricity).

>> Possible Executive Action

Overview:

  • One of the four environmental community priorities of 2019.
  • Moves Washington away from fossil fuels and toward 100% Clean Electricity, making our state a national leader.
  • A 100% Clean Electricity portfolio reduces pollution that causes climate change, expands our clean energy economy, and sets a foundation to reduce pollution from other sectors like transportation.

 

Sponsors:  Carlyle, Palumbo, McCoy, Pedersen, Wellman, Das, Rolfes, Frockt, Wilson, C., Kuderer, Nguyen, Keiser, Liias, Hunt, Saldaña, Darneille, Billig

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SB 5118

Concerning self-consumption of energy.

>> Possible Floor Action

 

Overview:

  • Prohibits an electric utility from establishing requirements for a customer-generator that would have the effect of limiting the ability of a customer to generate or store electricity for their own consumption on their own property.

 

Sponsors:  Palumbo, Rolfes, Carlyle, Mullet, Frockt

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SB 5223

Concerning net metering (Solar Fairness Act).

>> Public Hearing on Thursday, March 14th

 

Overview

  • Strengthens net metering standards, protects homeowners, and expands the emerging solar market in the state.
  • Solar owners deserve full credit for the power they make. Unfortunately, consumers statewide are often unable to benefit fully from the generation of solar energy on their rooftops and properties because Washington has some of the weakest net metering policies in the nation.

 

Status: House Environment & Energy Committee

Sponsors:  Palumbo, Rivers, Rolfes, King, Carlyle, Mullet, McCoy, Wellman, Das, Nguyen, Randall, Frockt, Salomon, Keiser, Wilson, C., Kuderer, Darneille, Cleveland, Saldaña, Dhingra, Pedersen, Conway, Van De Wege

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SB 5322

 Ensuring compliance with the federal clean water act by prohibiting certain discharges into waters of the state.

>> Possible Floor Action

 

Overview:

  • Strengthens action to safeguard rivers and habitat from suction dredge mining.
  • Washington lags behind Oregon and other states in terms of protecting rivers and streams from harmful mining.

 

Status: House Environment & Energy Committee

Sponsors: Palumbo, Carlyle, Wellman, Hunt, McCoy, Hasegawa, Kuderer, Nguyen, Saldaña

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SB 5329

Concerning updating and streamlining energy facility site evaluation council operations.

>> Possible Floor Action

 

Overview:

  • Better supports Washington’s energy goals by adding clean energy as an objective, as well as streamlines application and review process, increasing administrative efficiencies.
  • Expands Tribal, city and county membership, enhancing local and Tribal engagement in EFSEC oversight.

 

Sponsors:  Nguyen, Palumbo, Wellman, Carlyle, Sheldon

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SB 5372

Concerning local project review undertaken under chapter 36.70B RCW.

>> Possible Floor Action

 

Overview:

  • Complete application determination is lowered from 28 day to 10 days and a request for additional information down to 5 days.
  • Creates vested rights for projects before local jurisdictions could adequately assess if the application is complete and accurate.

 

Sponsors:  Palumbo, Honeyford

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SB 5696

Concerning payments in lieu of real property taxes.

>> Possible Floor Action

 

Overview:

  • Improves the process by which counties received payments from the state for WDFW lands within their jurisdictions (called PILT).
  • A well-functioning PILT program will ensure county services are supported while still protecting critical habitats for hunting, fishing, and wildlife.

 

Sponsors: Warnick, Takko

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