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2019 Senate Bill 5116: Supporting Washington's clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future
Introduced by Sen. Reuven Carlyle (Seattle) (D) on January 14, 2019
  Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee on January 14, 2019
Substitute offered in the Senate on January 29, 2019
Requires all electric utilities to eliminate from electric rates all costs associated with delivering electricity generated from coal-fired power plants by December 31, 2025. Requires each electric utility to make all retail sales of electricity greenhouse gas neutral by January 1, 2030. Requires each electric utility to meet 100 percent of its retail electric load using non-emitting and renewable resources by January 1, 2045.
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on February 1, 2019
Substitute offered in the Senate on February 18, 2019
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 21, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. John Braun (Centralia) (R) on February 28, 2019
Removes the tiered tax remittance rates for using various labor standards on clean energy projects.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Sharon Brown (Kennewick) (R) on February 28, 2019
Clarifies that nuclear energy is included in the definition of "nonemitting electric generation.".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Reuven Carlyle (Seattle) (D) on February 28, 2019
Reduces the maximum average annual incremental cost of compliance from three to two percent.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Reuven Carlyle (Seattle) (D) on February 28, 2019
Specifies compensation must include the stranded cost, plus the greater of the book value or the fair market value of the asset, for an asset acquired or used to comply with this act that is condemned by a consumer-owned utility.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Doug Ericksen (Ferndale) (R) on February 28, 2019
Adds rate impacts to the type of impacts that may trigger the governor's emergency power to suspend or delay implementation of the act.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Doug Ericksen (Ferndale) (R) on February 28, 2019
Prohibits energy assistance programs from resulting in increased costs to other retail electric customers..
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Doug Ericksen (Ferndale) (R) on February 28, 2019
Eliminates the emergency clause and makes the act subject to referendum.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Doug Ericksen (Ferndale) (R) on February 28, 2019
Revises the statement of legislative intent to acknowledge that the act will not affect global climate.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Doug Ericksen (Ferndale) (R) on February 28, 2019
Replaces the act with a new statewide aggregate eighty percent nonemitting electric generation standard that must be achieved by 2025.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Doug Ericksen (Ferndale) (R) on February 28, 2019
Requires the department of commerce to contract with an independent third-party consultant to review and report on the cost impact to Washington ratepayers under this act for the previous year. Each utility must display this annual cost impact on its customer billing statement.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Phil Fortunato (Auburn) (R) on February 28, 2019
Removes the prohibition against new hydroelectric generation.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Phil Fortunato (Auburn) (R) on February 28, 2019
Removes provisions relating to the social cost of greenhouse gas emissions.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Phil Fortunato (Auburn) (R) on February 28, 2019
Adds municipal solid waste to the definition of "biomass energy.".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Phil Fortunato (Auburn) (R) on February 28, 2019
Removes provisions recognizing an existing electricity recovery facility using municipal solid waste as the principal fuel source.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Brad Hawkins (Douglas County) (R) on February 28, 2019
Defines "renewable hydrogen" and adds renewable hydrogen to the definition of renewable resource. Clarifies energy transformation projects include incentives: For electric vehicles that are both battery and fuel cell powered, to install and operate equipment to produce or distribute renewable hydrogen, and for renewable hydrogen fueling stations. Specifies that for the purpose of crediting an energy transformation project in the transportation sector toward the greenhouse gas neutral standard, the department of ecology must establish a conversion factor consistent with default emissions or conversion factors established by other jurisdictions for clean alternative fuels. Replaces references to biogas with renewable natural gas.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Ann Rivers (Vancouver) (R) on February 28, 2019
Requires rules to suspend enforcement of the act if any identified highly impacted community is subjected to increased electric rates as a result of the act.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Ann Rivers (Vancouver) (R) on February 28, 2019
Prohibits new electricity transmission infrastructure from being constructed in highly impacted communities.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Shelly Short (Addy) (R) on February 28, 2019
Requires the department of ecology to repeal the Clean Air Rule and associated requirements in reporting of emissions of greenhouse gases.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Shelly Short (Addy) (R) on February 28, 2019
Repeals the energy independence act on January 1, 2020.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Shelly Short (Addy) (R) on February 28, 2019
Expresses legislative intent to change the law if Washington falls out of the top five ranking among states for lowest average cost of electricity.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Shelly Short (Addy) (R) on February 28, 2019
Outlaws the generation or supply of electricity generated with a resource built with or containing materials sourced from countries with a history of violations of employment-related laws and incidents of slavery, peonage, or human trafficking.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Shelly Short (Addy) (R) on February 28, 2019
Prohibits permit approval that would result in the elimination of nonemitting electric generation or a renewable resource unless and until replacement power is available.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Dean Takko (Longview) (D) on February 28, 2019
Declares intent of the legislature to provide flexible tools to address the variability of hydropower for compliance under this act.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019
Received in the House on March 4, 2019
Referred to the House Environment & Energy Committee on March 4, 2019
Referred to the House Finance Committee on March 21, 2019
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on April 3, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Richard DeBolt (Chehalis) (R) on April 11, 2019
Requires each electric utility to use clean energy resources to meet any new energy or capacity need for Washington retail electric customers beginning January 1, 2029. Allows an electric utility to procure one or more natural gas- fired generation units if such natural gas-fired generation is necessary to avoid potential conflicts with or compromises to the electric utility's obligation to comply with mandatory and enforceable reliability standards. Provides a sales and use tax exemption for personal property, labor, and services used for carbon reduction investments at, or to offset the greenhouse gas emissions of, an energy-intensive trade- exposed facility. Provides a sales and use tax exemption for machinery equipment, labor, and services used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the transportation of gas through a gas pipeline. Provides a public utility tax deduction for light and power businesses in an amount equal to the cost of production of electrical energy or gas produced from renewable resources generated by new facilities on which construction or installation begins after January 1, 2020, and before January 1, 2028. Provides a public utility tax credit for persons who reduce their greenhouse gas emissions through carbon reduction investment projects. Provides a business and occupation tax credit or public utility tax credit for certain energy-intensive trade-exposed businesses and for persons who sell natural or manufactured gas, electricity, timber, timber products, wood products, or agricultural products for forest fire risk reduction activities.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 11, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (West Seattle) (D) on April 11, 2019
Specifies that the Department of Commerce and the Utilities and Transportation Commission must adopt rules defining requirements, including appropriate specification, verification, and reporting requirements, for retail electric load met with market purchases and the Western Energy Imbalance Market or other centralized market administered by a market operator for the purposes of the Washington Clean Energy Transformation Act. Makes a sales and use tax exemption for solar energy systems capable of generating less than 100 kilowatts AC effective July 1, 2019, rather than January 1, 2020. Makes changes to documentation requirements and rule-making timelines for the Department of Labor and Industries under the sales and use tax preference for certain alternative energy systems. Makes technical changes.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 11, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (West Seattle) (D) on April 11, 2019
Mends the definition of "energy assistance" such that it includes monetary assistance such as a grant program or discounts for lower income households, rather than including a separate rate class.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 11, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Matt Shea (Spokane Valley) (R) on April 11, 2019
Removes provisions restricting the use of hydroelectric generation to satisfy the requirements of the Greenhouse Gas Neutral Standard and the Clean Energy Standard.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 11, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Matt Shea (Spokane Valley) (R) on April 11, 2019
Removes the emergency clause and replaces it with a referendum clause.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 11, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Matt Shea (Spokane Valley) (R) on April 11, 2019
Requires each electric utility to provide to the Department of Commerce or the Utilities and Transportation Commission, rather than to disclose to its retail electric customers, its greenhouse gas content calculation. Requires a utility's greenhouse gas content calculation to be based on the fuel sources it reports and discloses in compliance with statutory fuel mix disclosure requirements. Eliminates the requirement that the Department of Commerce incorporate by rule the greenhouse gas content calculation into the power source or fuel mix disclosure.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 11, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Mike Steele (Chelan) (R) on April 11, 2019
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 11, 2019
Received in the Senate on April 22, 2019
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 7, 2019

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