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Rule Making

A new renewable energy incentive program for citizens and businesses of Washington passed the Washington State Legislature and was signed into law by the Governor in July 2017. Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5939

Timeline

Emergency Rules

Updated emergency rules will be refiled on May 31, 2018 and are effective until September 28, 2018. Public comments are invited; the comment process and timeframe will be published here when this information is available.

Permanent Rules

  • July 18, 2018 – Supplementary proposal and revised final wording of the permanent rules will be filed with the state by noon.
  • August 1, 2018 – Supplementary proposal and final wording will be published in Washington State Registry.
  • August 21, 2018 – Public comments will be accepted through 5 p.m.
  • August 22 or 23, 2018 – Most likely date for hearing on supplemental proposal and revised final wording.
  • September 21, 2018 – Final rules submitted to the WSU Regents.
  • October 26, 2018 – If adopted by the WSU Regents, permanent rules become effective.

Background

Previously, WSU filed for an extension of the emergency rule so it would  remain in effect through June 26, 2018. The draft of the final rule is available at the Code Reviser's Office Washington State Register website: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/law/wsr/2018/06/18-06-099.htm

Proposed changes to the emergency rule are located in Sections 165 and 195 of the proposed final rule. Public comment on the final rule was accepted from March 21 until April 12, 2018. A public hearing on the final rule was held on April 12, 2018, at several locations across the state. Details about public hearing venues and the process for submitting comments are available on the WSU Office of Procedures, Records, and Forms website: http://public.wsu.edu/~forms/ProposedWAC.html.