Inslee signs bill establishing 100% energy standard in Washington

By Erin Voegele | May 08, 2019

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a suite of clean energy legislation into law May 7, including The Washington Clean Energy Transformation Act, which sets a goal of 100 percent clean electricity by 2045.

The bill, SB 5116, was introduced in January. It first passed the state Senate on March 1 by a vote of 28 to 19. The Washington House passed the legislation April 11 by a vote of 56 to 42. The Senate voted 29 to 20 in favor of the updated bill, which included House amendments, April 22.

According to Inslee’s office, the bill aims to phase out all coal power by 2025 and achieve a carbon-neutral electricity supply by 2030. It also sets a goal for the state to transition to a 100 percent clean electricity supply by 2045.

The bill’s definition of renewable resource includes renewable natural gas (RNG) and biomass energy, including the organic byproducts of pulping and the wood manufacturing process, animal manure, solid organic fuels from wood, forest for field residues, untreated wooden demolition or construction debris, food waste and food processing residuals, liquors derived from algae, dedicated energy crops and yard waste.

Additional bills included in the suite of clean energy legislation include those related to clean transportation, clean buildings, and HFCs and super-pollutants.

Additional information is available on Inslee’s website