Rep. Jesse Young introduces legislation on greenhouse gas emissions

Today, climate change is one of the main focuses worldwide. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle face decisions on the most appropriate ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Rep. Jesse Young, R-Gig Harbor is one of those lawmakers hard at work to bring change to how Washington state moves forward to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions while striking a critical balance between supporting business and ratepayers alike.

Young has teamed up with Reps. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon and Gael Tarleton, D-Ballard, the democrat chair and vice-chair of the Technology and Economic Development committee, to introduce legislation that would require the Department of Ecology (DOE) to develop, adopt, and implement a state plan to comply with the federal requirement relating to greenhouse gas emissions from existing electric generation facilities. This bill is scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

HB 2506 directs the DOE to implement the federal Clean Power Plan with a concrete, understandable, mass-based reduction which is easier to make transparent for the public to understand,” said Young. “This bill directs the DOE to not only implement any regulation at 'least cost' to business, but also focus on diversification while returning any benefit that the electric generation sector or state may get from compliance to low income ratepayers. It is a win/win for all involved and shows the progress you can make when you roll up your sleeves to tackle complex issues.”

The federal Clean Power Plan (CCP) establishes interim and final compliance standards for coal and natural gas plants. The final emissions reduction target is for year 2030. This bill will help Washington state meet this compliance deadline.

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