Climate action takes fierce persistence and ingenuity. After three years, the Washington Legislature finally adopted a clean fuel standard. The low-carbon fuel standard creates requirements for lowering the carbon content of transportation fuels and creates a market to earn ‘credits’ that are then invested back into the system for electrification, and other priority low-carbon investments.
A key highlight of the law is that for electric utilities earning credits, 50% of utility revenue must be invested in transportation electrification projects, with 60% of that going to overburdened communities. Passage of this legislation now brings Washington state in alignment with the rest of the West Coast and enables us to benefit from the programs in California, Oregon, and British Columbia.