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ACTION ALERT! HEALTHY HOMES, CLEAN BUILDINGS 
HB1084, Healthy Homes & Clean Buildings, sponsored by Rep. Ramel, includes a critical and comprehensive set of measures that would set Washington on a strong path to building decarbonization. The bill would phase out gas and other fossil fuels, and increase energy efficiency, through energy code advancements, beneficial electrification, removing historic gas preferences, gas utility transition planning, and a climate protection surcharge on gas.

Sign in Supporting HB1184
The Healthy Homes and Clean Buildings bill has its first hearing on Friday, Jan 22 at 10am. It’s easier than ever to show your support directly to committee members - sign in anytime up to 9am Friday before the hearing. You can 'sign in' online as supporting the bill without testifying, just as we normally would do so in person at the Capitol in Olympia. You can also submit written testimony. 

Please sign in pro on HB 1084 or send in your supportive written testimony! 
  1. Click here. Select the House button
  2. Select Environment & Energy committee and the 1/22 10:00 am meeting in the drop downs at the top of the page
  3. A list of agenda items will pop up – click HB 1084, building decarbonization
  4. Select “I would like my position noted for the legislative record” OR “I would like to submit written testimony” depending on what you want to do
  5. Make sure to toggle to "Pro" while filling out personal information
  6. Hit submit
Questions? Contact Kelly Hall, kelly.hall@climatesolutions.org 
More on the legislation:
Healthy Homes & Clean Buildings includes many important elements to begin gradually phasing out gas and other fossil fuels in buildings, including but not limited to: 
 
Elimination of on-site fossil fuel combustion in new buildings: accelerates the requirements to achieve a 70% net energy consumption reduction by four years and eliminates on-site fossil fuel combustion for space and water heating in new construction. Instead of digging the whole deeper, we must build clean the first time and avoid costly retrofits in the future.   

Beneficial electrification: clarifies that public utilities have the authority to develop and implement electrification programs that will benefit their customers. Currently, a resident that relies on a non-electric energy source - such as wood stoves, heating oil, or a gas furnace – is ineligible to receive incentives from their utility to upgrade to electric appliances, but instead can receive generous incentives to acquire a new gas furnace. This incentivizes a continued reliance on gas. Furthermore, utility research from Seattle City Light, Tacoma Public Utilities, and others show that new electric load will benefit individual customers, but also all customers by preventing rate increases. 

Removing historic gas preferences: updates statues that currently creates preferences for fossil gas, rather than cleaner sources of energy. Changing these references to language that prioritizes affordable energy instead of gas will refocus the state’s priorities on clean sources of energy while preserving affordability as a key priority of state policy.  

Gas utility transition plans: requires gas utilities to create comprehensive plans to meet the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals by implementing a variety of strategies, including increased efficiency, conversion to electric appliances, and incorporating clean fuels.   

Climate protection surcharge: establishes a surcharge on natural gas use to be reinvested in programs to transition to clean water and space heating, provide assistance to low-income customers, and avoid worker dislocation.  

UPCOMING EVENTS


  • Jan 21: Legislative 101 for Shift Zero Advocacy, RSVP.
  • Jan 26: Seattle City Light's Lighting Design Lab will be offering a series of webinars on the 2018 energy codes, entitled Cost-Effective Code Compliance. More info.
  • Jan 27: 2018 WA State Energy Code Training hosted by NW EcoBuilding Guild, Register.
Conferences
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