Washington State
House of Representatives
Office of Program Research

Technology, Energy & Communications Committee

HB 1895

Brief Description: Modifying duties of the joint committee on energy supply and energy conservation.

Sponsors: Representatives Morris, Hudgins, McCoy and B. Sullivan.

Brief Summary of Bill
  • Establishes procedures for aggregating energy conservation within state and local government, capturing the electricity saved, and providing a revenue stream to finance conservation efforts.

Hearing Date: 2/17/05

Staff: Sarah Dylag (786-7109).


Performance-based contracting allows a facility to complete energy-saving improvements within an existing budget by financing them with money saved through reduced utility expenditures. Facilities make no up-front investments and instead finance projects through guaranteed annual energy savings.

The Joint Committee on Energy Supply (Committee) is a legislative committee of eight members that is authorized to meet (a) annually; (b) at the call of the chair to receive information on the status of the state's or the region's energy supply; or (c) upon the call of the chair when the Governor acts to terminate an energy supply alert or energy emergency. Any member of the House of Representatives or Senate is eligible to be appointed to the Committee.

Summary of Bill:


The Legislature recognizes that implementing conservation measures across all levels of government will create actual energy conservation savings, maintenance and cost savings to state and local governments, and savings to the state economy. The Legislature intends that conservation measures be implemented across all levels of government and that the savings created from implementing conservation measures be retained to produce more efficient government operation.

Conservation Projects

In addition to the Committee's existing duties, the Committee is given the authority to identify conservation measures to be implemented by all levels of state and local government utilizing performance bonding and contract financing to generate energy conservation.

To identify these projects, the Committee shall:


Financing for conservation measures identified by the Committee shall be carried out with bonds issued by the Washington Economic Development Finance Authority. To administer the financing the Department may:

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Not requested.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.