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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:49 PM

Washington 100% renewable bill passes both Houses

Washington 100% renewable bill passes both Houses

Washington is looking to become the fourth state to make the move to 100% renewable electricity, with only a Senate review and the hand of Governor Inslee left in the way of SB 5116.

April 15, 2019 Tim Sylvia

The current status of state-level renewable energy legislation is something like a house of mirrors. Legislation is being introduced, voted on and passed at a breakneck pace, as more and more states embrace the energy transition, and no two are exactly alike.

Today, we shift our focus to Washington State, where House Bill 1211 has passed its namesake chamber by a margin of 56-42. HB 1211 is the companion bill of Senate Bill 5116, will require the state to adopt 100% carbon-free power by 2045, as well as phasing out coal by 2025 and requiring all electricity sales to be carbon-neutral by 2030. The bill has now passed in both chambers, meaning that it is destined to end up on the desk of Governor Jay Inslee (D) after it goes back to the Senate for reconciliation, as some minor amendments were made in the House.

And since Inslee proposed this plan to begin with, there is no doubt that he will sign the bill.

If all goes according to plan, Washington will become the fourth state and sixth state-level jurisdiction to pass such a measure, joining Hawaii, California, New Mexico, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C.

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