Environment
Climate Change and Energy

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, put a price on carbon, and enact measures to promote climate resiliency.


Issue Team Chair: Martin Gibbins, mgibbins@lwvwa.org(425) 361-5007 (Lead), Phyllis Farrell, pfarrell@lwvwa.org(360) 789-8307
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Bill Tracking

Weekly Reports


Bill Descriptions


Get Involved

Overview

The League of Women Voters of Washington believes that climate change is a serious threat facing our nation and planet, and an international approach to combating climate change—including through energy conservation, air pollution controls, building resilience, and promotion of renewable resources—is necessary to protect public health and defend the overall integrity of the global ecosystem. The League supports climate goals and policies that are consistent with the best available climate science and that will ensure a stable climate system for future generations. Individuals, communities, and governments must continue to address this issue, while considering the ramifications of their decisions, at all levels—local, state, regional, national, and global.

Bill Tracking

Senate Bills Senate House After Passage
Bill # Bill Name (Brief Title) League Position Take Action In Committee On Floor Calendar Passed  In Committee On Floor Calendar Passed  Passed Legislature On Governor's Desk Signed
SB 5493 Reopening the renewable energy system incentive program for residential-scale systems Watch
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SB 5526 Studying the global availability of lithium and rare earth minerals for battery manufacturing Watch
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SB 5543 Zero-emission landscaping equipment incentive program Supports
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SB 5492 Wind turbine blade recycling Supports
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SB 5666 Targeted small-scale fossil fuels to electricity conversions for net benefits to the utility Supports
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SB 5697 Renewing Washington’s recycling system and reducing waste – RENEW Act Supports
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SB 5722 Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in buildings Supports
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SJM 8007 Management of spent nuclear fuel Supports









House Bills House Senate After Passage
Bill # Bill Name (Brief Title) League Position Take Action In Committee On Floor Calendar Passed  In Committee On Floor Calendar Passed  Passed Legislature On Governor's Desk Signed
HB 1619 Appliance efficiency standards Supports
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HB 1767 Targeted small-scale fossil fuels to electricity conversions for net benefits to the utility Supports
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HB 1623 Risk assessment of power supply inadequacy events Supports
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HB 1792               Expanding the production, distribution, and use of green hydrogen Supports
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HB 1663 Reducing methane emissions from landfills Supports
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HB 1682 Climate commitment act compliance pathway for emissions-intensive, trade-exposed enterprise Watch
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HB 1799 Organic materials management to reduce methane Supports
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HB 1814               Expanding equitable access to the benefits of renewable energy through community solar projects Supports
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HB 1896        
Providing for responsible environmental management of batteries. Supports
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Weekly Reports

These weekly updates will provide you with a "deep dive" into the progress of each bill, along with more analysis of the potential impact of the bill if it should pass. 


Bill Descriptions

HB 1619 Appliance efficiency standards. Adjusts efficiency standards and includes more included to reduce pollution and improve electricity supply and demand balance. HB 1620 Response to extreme weather events. Appropriate funding to enable local jurisdictions to provide immediate relief—such as warming and cooling centers—during weather events with extreme temperatures, and targeting socially vulnerable populations.

HB 1623 Risk assessment of power supply inadequacy events. Amends current requirements for annual adequacy assessments of energy resources to serve the state's electric needs, and requires the 2022 assessment to specifically address the risk of rolling blackouts and power supply inadequacy events.

HB 1631 Technical assistance for agriculture voluntary environmental stewardship. Improve Resilience, reduce climate change in agriculture by increasing energy efficiency, utilizing more green energy resources, increasing carbon sequestration, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

HB 1663 Reducing methane emissions from landfills. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas. For landfills of specific size and content, operators would install methane collection and control systems and monitor methane releases.

HB 1682 Climate commitment act (SB 5126) compliance pathway for emissions-intensive, trade-exposed enterprise. Makes adjustments to the no-cost carbon release allowances awarded to enterprises faced with high energy usage or exposed to significant competition beyond state boarders.

SB 5493 Reopening the renewable energy system incentive program for residential-scale systems. The original program consumed it allocated funding, and this bill restores the program through 2025 until the funding allocation is again consumed.

SB 5526 Studying the global availability of lithium and rare earth minerals for battery manufacturing. Requires a study and report from the Department of Commerce. To be useful, the bill should specify also materials for emerging battery technology as research and development continues on the technology.

SB 5543 Zero-emission landscaping equipment incentive program. A rebate-replacement program for air and sound polluting equipment including edgers, trimmers, chainsaws and pole saws, leaf blowers landscape vacuums, and mowers.

SJM 8007 Management of spent nuclear fuel. Urges Congress and the Secretary of Energy to implement the recommendations of a 2021 study by the Government Accountability Office to ensure proper management of spent nuclear fuel.

Some bills of significance to Climate Change and Energy are covered in the Transportation issue.


Bills Anticipated for Reintroduction with New Language and Numbers

HB 1084 Reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions by achieving greater decarbonization of residential and commercial buildings. Sponsors have said components of this bill will be partitioned into several bills for 2022.

HB 1280 Greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the design of public facilities. Sets requirements for all-electric and clean-energy systems in new and newly leased publicly owned buildings be considered using life-cycle cost analysis.

Bills from the 2021 Session Unlikely to Proceed in 2022

HB 1537 Terminating certain tax preferences for fossil fuel products. The language adjusts the use tax on natural gas, exempting renewable gas and some transportation uses. This bill was intended to improve revenue during the pandemic recession, but the extra revenue was not required.

SB 5373 The Washington STRONG Act authorizes nearly $5 billion of green bonds to invest in infrastructure and mitigation to reduce climate change and transition to a clean economy. This was an alternative to the Climate Commitment Act (SB 5126) which passed.

How To Be Involved
  • Local Leagues in Washington have action chairs who coordinate action teams. Some local Leagues have environmental teams to take action locally. Contact your local League action chair to find out and join.
  • You may also express your opinion on legislation with the LWVWA issue chairs. We will take your perspectives under considerations as we determine our support for legislation and prepare testimony. Martin Gibbins, Climate Change and Energy Issue Chair, mgibbins@lwvwa.org.

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