Community Solar w/10 Yr. Rolling Incentive Passed House!
PLEASE Call Senate Energy Committee Chair & Members TODAY & TONIGHT. Ask them to “Stand up for public benefit renewable energy (community solar) and clean energy jobs. New energy production facilities depends upon their bipartisan leadership. Please, Do Not fail Washington workers, our ec onomy and our future.” Our activism today and tonight night may encourage positive action at tomorrow’s hearing. Details belowLet’s also take this opportunity to thank Rep. Jeff Morris for his leadership. Here’s a SPINE Thank You form to print, fill out and mail to: Rep. Morris, 436A Legislative Building, Post Office Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504-0600
|Ericksen, Doug (R) Chair||LEG 414||(360) 786-7682|
|Sheldon, Tim (D) Vice Chair||LEG 312||(360) 786-7668|
|Ranker, Kevin (D) *||JAC 215||(360) 786-7678|
|Billig, Andy (D)||LEG 412||(360) 786-7604|
|Brown, Sharon (R)||INB 201||(360) 786-7614|
|Chase, Maralyn (D)||JAC 241||(360) 786-7662|
|Cleveland, Annette (D)||JAC 230||(360) 786-7696|
|Honeyford, Jim (R)||INB 107||(360) 786-7684|
|Litzow, Steve (R)||LEG 416||(360) 786-7641|
|“Engrossed 2nd Substitute” HB1301 miraculously passed out of the House March 9. What was originally a solar for millionaires bill transformed into a bill that rescues community solar! It was referred to Senate Committee for Trade and Economic Development and re-referred it to Energy, Environment & Telecommunications.
Energy, Environment & Telecommunications will hold a public hearing at 8am Wednesday (TOMORROW), March 20. See committee info HERE (Not sure which room/building, but I’m sure you’ll find it.)We have no guarantee that the Chair Ericksen, Doug (R) Chair , will bring this bill to a vote, and we ABSOLUTELY need him to do that. We must demonstrate adequate support and enthusiasm for the legislation that Senator Ericksen feels compelled to bring it to a vote, and for there to be adequate committee support for it to pass. Due to the committee make up and some additions to the
bill, i.e. a subsidy for utilities to create solar systems – passing this is not going to be easy.
Senator Ranker and Senator Chase are leaders we can likely count on, but calls of encouragement to them and help them know this is a priority for communities across the State.
Sadly, I cannot attend the March 20 hearing as I am at the Univ. of Michigan, so I hope others will do what they can. Calls to Keith Phillips, Energy Policy Advisor to Governor Inslee asking for Executive leadership to keep community solar alive could also be very important. 360 902-0630
In collaboration and gratitude,