2015 Carbon Pollution Reduction Legislative Proposals

Gov. Inslee's 2015 climate legislation will help Washington continue its transition toward energy independence, reduce carbon pollution and meet our statutory greenhouse gas limits. The proposals support Gov. Inslee's Executive Order 14-04 issued in 2014.

 Policy Brief: Washington Carbon Pollution Reduction and Clean Energy Leadership (Dec. 17, 2014)

2015 Climate Legislation

Carbon Emissions

  • Carbon Pollution Accountability Act: Current policies allow major polluters to emit unlimited amounts of carbon into the air at no cost. Gov. Inslee's proposed Carbon Pollution Accountability Act (SB 5283 / HB 1314) would create a new market-based program that limits carbon pollution and requires major polluters to pay for their emissions. The limit will decrease gradually over time, allowing emitters time to transition to cleaner technology and improved operations. The program will generate about $1 billion annually which will be used for transportation, education and disadvantaged communities. 
  • Clean Transportation: Gov. Inslee and the Dept. of Transportation have three strategies to decrease carbon pollution from transportation: cleaner cars, cleaner fuels and moving people and goods more efficiently.
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs): Gov. Inslee requested legislation to extend tax incentives for EVs, create an EV infrastructure bank, and require urban cities and counties to adopt EV incentive programs. Draft legislation can be found below.
    • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Sales Tax Exemption (SB 5445HB 1925): This bill extend a sales tax exemption on the first $60,000 on the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles. 
    • Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Bank (SB 5444 / HB 1572): An EV bank would give financial assistance to install publicly accessible high-speed charging stations. 
    • Electric Vehicle Readiness in Buildings (SB 5446 / HB 1929): This bill would require urban cities and counties to adopt high speed EV charging station incentive programs. 
  • Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs): ZEVs reduce carbon pollution, improve public health, increase consumer choice and reduce transportation costs. The Dept. of Ecology requested legislation to allow Washington to adopt the Zero Emission Vehicle program (SB 5423 / HB 1487). 
  • Clean Fuel Standard: A clean fuel standard would help Washington transition to cleaner fuels over time, resulting in cleaner air and greater energy independence. The Dept. of Ecology is preparing a draft rule that outlines a clean fuel standard. Before formal rulemaking, Gov. Inslee will hear feedback from legislators and the public.
  • Sustainable Transportation Planning: To reduce carbon pollution that comes from cars, trucks and other transportation-related sources, the Dept. of Transportation has developed a five-part action plan.

Clean Energy

  • Clean Energy Fund: This fund helps research institutions, utilities and businesses develop and deploy renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions. Gov. Inslee requested $60 million for the Clean Energy Fund to expand energy loans, fund grants for utilities and support clean energy technology.
  • Solar Energy Incentives: WSU's Energy Office is drafting legislation to improve the state's incentives for solar energy.
  • Coal-Fired Electricity: Washington's electric utilities are working on a plan for reducing and ultimately eliminating the use of electrical power produced by coal. Gov. Inslee is encouraging their effort.
  • Clean Technology Development and Climate Science: To support engineering and science at UW, Gov. Inslee proposed investments in the following places:
    • Center for Advanced Materials and Clean Energy Technologies
    • Clean Energy Institute
    • Climate Impact Group
    • Washington Ocean Acidification Center

Energy Efficiency

  • Energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective ways to cut emissions, reduce costs, increase our productivity and competitiveness, and accelerate the creation of thousands of jobs.
  • Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Gov. Inslee and the Dept. of Commerce proposed capital budget investments that will improve energy efficiency and save Washingtonians money.
  • Energy Efficiency in Agriculture: By expanding the funding for the Washington Farm Energy Program at WSU, we can expand energy efficiency programs for farmers statewide.
  • Energy Efficiency in Industries: Creating the Industrial Energy Services Center (to be administered by WSU) would provide technical assistance to industries in the state and provide financial incentives for efficiency projects.
  • State Government Operations: Creating a statewide Resource Conservation Management program for state government operations at the Department of Enterprise Services would help the state focus on improving the energy (and other resource) efficiency of public buildings.


Policy Briefs




Chris Davis, Governor’s Advisor on Carbon Markets
(360) 902-0490

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