December 3, 2023

Washington House of Representatives (WA House)

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Inslee Challenges Cap-and-trade Role in High Wash. Gas Prices

Washington’s Democratic leaders struck back at critics who blame the state’s 6-month-old cap-and-trade program for producing the highest gasoline prices in the U.S.

Builders Sue to Block Wash. Heat Pump Requirements
A coalition of builders and other parties filed suit to revoke new state rules that ban the installation of gas-fired space and water heaters in new buildings.
Washington House Calls for Dimming Turbine Lights
The Washington House voted to require wind turbine lights be turned off at night when not triggered by airplanes.
Washington Dept. of Ecology
Cap-and-trade Revenues Still an Unknown for Wash. Lawmakers
Washington lawmakers won’t know until mid-March how much cap-and-trade revenue they will be able to spend during the 2023-25 budget period.
Architectural Resources Group
Climate Still on Wash. Agenda After Landmark Legislative Sessions
Washington’s 2023 legislature will offer less revolutionary climate action compared with previous years, but many environmental bills are still in the works.
Road to Mass EV Adoption Still Unclear in Wash.
Washington needs to do a large amount of legwork to prepare for Gov. Inslee’s mandate banning the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035, state officials said.
Imagine Homes
Wash. Poised to Enact New Building Emissions Measures
Wash. lawmakers will likely prioritize legislation designed to sharply reduce emissions from homes and commercial buildings during the upcoming 2023 session.
Washington Dept. of Commerce
Wash. Looks to Boost Prospects for Winning Hydrogen Hub
Washington officials are working to bolster the state’s case to land one of the nation’s federally funded hydrogen hubs.
Washington Considers EV Fee to Offset Lost Gas Taxes
Washington lawmakers are considering a bill to apply a per-mile charge to EVs to compensate for expected lost gas tax revenues.
Conflict Looms over Wash. Gas Utility GHG Bill
A Washington bill would require natural gas utilities to create GHG reduction plans by 2024. Industry critics say that's too soon.

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