Rep. Stephanie Barnard’s utility reporting streamlining bill heads to the governor’s desk for signature

Rep. Stephanie Barnard’s energy bill, House Bill 1955, successfully passed through the state Senate with unanimous approval. The bill, aimed at streamlining utility reporting requirements, seeks to increase the efficiency of Washington’s energy sector.

HB 1955 eliminates redundant utility requirements by rescinding a greenhouse gas content disclosure provision specified in the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), Washington state’s 2019 clean energy statute.

Reflecting on the bipartisan support of her bill, Barnard, R-Pasco, expressed her enthusiasm for the measure, stating, “I’m excited to see this bill make it through the rigorous legislative process. My bill reflects a determination on my part and that of many of my colleagues to pass pragmatic solutions that reduce unnecessary regulations — benefiting our economy and the environment.”

The provision targeted for repeal mandated electric utilities to disclose greenhouse gas emissions linked to the electricity they provide to consumers, duplicating obligations under the Climate Commitment Act (CCA).

Barnard emphasized the need for a more streamlined approach, explaining, “With the enactment of mandatory greenhouse gas reporting requirements under the CCA in 2021, which are considered more rigorous and robust, the calculations under the CETA provision became unnecessary.”

During House floor deliberations, Barnard highlighted the bill’s capacity to alleviate compliance burdens while maintaining public transparency. “My bill removes a regulatory burden that provides no discernible public benefit. Utilities are already obligated to report greenhouse gas emissions information to the Department of Commerce under the CCA,” she stated.

Furthermore, Barnard emphasized the alignment between HB 1955 and the overarching goals of the CCA, both of which aim to ensure comprehensive reporting of greenhouse gas emissions by electric utilities.

With unanimous approval in both the House and Senate, HB 1955 now heads to the governor’s desk for signature.

The 2024 legislative session is scheduled to conclude on Thursday, March 7.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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