Report on House Bill 1084

House Bill 1084 was a bill recently introduced to the legislature in Olympia known as the anti-natural gas bill.  This bill was intended to eliminate the use of fossil fuels.

This bill as proposed is harmful to UA members working throughout our Industry. The UA lobbying team partnered with businesses, utilities, and other labor organizations and were successfully able to stop this bill from progressing this legislative session.

During the interim we will be working with stakeholders to craft new legislation that talks about decarbonization and not electrification.  This updated bill will not eliminate working-family careers of UA Members.

Below is the Bill Digest reported to the legislators.

Below is a summary of HB 1084

  • Requires that the State Energy Code, for each code cycle, provide one reach code option for increasingly low-emission energy efficient homes that local jurisdictions may adopt for residential construction.
  • Allows local governments to adopt a reach code option under the State Energy Code for residential buildings.
  • Requires the Department of Commerce (Commerce) to adopt a state energy management and benchmarking requirement for tier 2 and tier 3 covered commercial buildings by July 1, 2022.
  • Prohibits a natural gas utility from offering new service to any customer located outside of the area authorized in its approved certificate of public convenience and necessity as of July 1, 2021.
  • Requires that, beginning July 1, 2021, each gas company tariff for line use of fossil fuels in Washington State. Legislators referred to this bill as extensions for residential and commercial gas service must recover the full cost of the extension from the customer requesting service.
  • Requires the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) to, by October 1, 2022, open an investigation to evaluate pathways for gas companies to achieve their proportional share of greenhouse gas emissions reduction required under statewide emissions limits.
  • Codifies the requirement for natural gas utilities regulated by the UTC to develop integrated resource plans.
  • Authorizes the governing body of a municipal electric utility or public utility district to adopt a beneficial electrification plan.
  • Establishes a Heat Pump and Electrification Program within Commerce.

If you have questions regarding the proposed legislation, please contact Sister Leanne Guier for more information at Leanne@ualocal32.com.

 

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