WSR 12-03-039

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE


[ Filed January 9, 2012, 4:18 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Determination of practicable goals for use of biofuels and electricity by all state agencies operating vessels, vehicles and construction equipment.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.325.080 Electricity and biofuel usage goals -- Rules.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To establish standards for the extent practicable (e.g. regional availability of fuels, vehicle costs, cost of program implementation; cost differentials in different parts of the state, differences between types of vehicles, vessels or equipment) for state government planning and compliance with RCW 43.19.648.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Washington state departments of enterprise services, ecology, agriculture, and transportation.

Process for Developing New Rule: Standard rule-making process.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Carolee Sharp, P.O. Box 42525, Olympia, WA 98504-2525, carolee.sharp@commerce.wa.gov, (360) 725-3118, fax (360) 586-0049. Commerce will host stakeholder webinars and meetings seeking input. Likely participants include affected state agencies, biofuel industry representatives, alternate fuel vehicle and electric vehicle industry representatives, and the general public. Person[s] interested in providing input may attend meetings, or provide information via e-mail or other printed submission.

January 4, 2012

Nick Demerice

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office