PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Determination of practicable goals for use of biofuels and electricity by all state agencies and local government subdivisions 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 (fuel availability, availability of vehicles and vessels that use electricity and biofuels) for state and local 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 ecology, general administration, agriculture, and transportation. The United States Departments of Energy, Transportation, and Agriculture.
Process for Developing New Rule:
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 43173, Olympia, WA 98504-3173, Carolees@cted.wa.gov, (360) 725-3118, fax (360) 586-0049. Department of community, trade and economic development (CTED) will host a series of regional stakeholder meetings seeking input, in addition to focused panels of interested parties and topic experts. Likely participants include affected state and local governments, biofuel industry representatives, alternate fuel vehicle, and electric vehicle industry representatives, and the general public. Persons interested in providing input may attend the meetings; provide information via e-mail or other printed submission. Contact CTED to be added to interested party list.
March 18, 2009
Director of Government Relations