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Promoting a sustainable, local renewable energy industry through modifying renewable energy system tax incentives and providing guidance for renewable energy system component recycling (Morris)

Modifies renewable energy system tax incentives and provides guidance for renewable energy system component recycling in order to promote a sustainable, local renewable energy industry.

1ST SUBSTITUTE COMPARED TO ORIGINAL:
The substitute bill:
-clarifies that the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee must review the performance of the Production Incentive Program in 2021 rather than in 2019;
-limits the statewide total amount of public utility tax credits available to be claimed by utilities for incentive payments made to customers after June 30, 2017, to $150 million;
-changes the last date on which the WSU Energy Program may issue a certification for an incentive payment under the Production Incentive Program from June 30, 2021, to June 30, 2020;
-requires a customer who has submitted a complete certification to the DOR under the Cost Recovery Program by June 30, 2017, to apply to the WSU Energy Program by April 30, 2018, in order to continue to receive their incentive payment allowed under the Cost Recovery Program for electricity generated by a renewable energy system through June 30, 2020;
-requires the WSU Energy Program to collect a one-time fee of $100 from customers applying to the WSU Energy Program to continue to receive their incentive payment under the Cost Recovery Program;
-requires the WSU Energy Program, beginning July 1, 2018, to calculate for the year and provide to the utility the amount of the incentive payment due to each participant under the Cost Recovery Program;
-clarifies that a utility may claim public utility tax credits for incentive payments issued under the Cost Recovery Program through June 30, 2021, but that it may claim public utility credits for incentive payments made under the Production Incentive Program through June 30, 2029;
-amends the definition of "certification" to refer to "program term" rather than to an eight-year certification term;
-reduces the made-in-Washington bonus rates under the Production Incentive Program to 5 cents per kilowatt-hour each fiscal year;
-increases the amount of time a utility has to issue an incentive payment under the Production Incentive Program from 30 days to 60 days;
-removes reference to nonprofit organizations as administrators of community solar projects and opens the program to utilities or other entities instead;
-establishes provisions related to the transfer of participation in a community solar project in the event that a project participant terminates their involvement in the project;
-increases the per-utility community solar cap from 25 percent of a utility's total available credit to 45 percent;
-increases the size of eligible community solar projects under the Production Incentive Program from 500 kilowatts to 1,000 kilowatts, and requires a community solar project that is greater than 500 kilowatts to be subject to a standard interconnection agreement with the utility serving the situs of the project;
-establishes certain reporting and disclosure requirements for administrators of community solar projects and makes violation of these provisions a violation of the Consumer Protection Act;
-prohibits a utility from adopting rates, terms, conditions, or standards that unduly or unreasonably discriminate between utility-administered community solar projects and those administered by another entity;
-establishes certain registration requirements for "community solar companies";
-changes the term "solar module" in the stewardship program to "photovoltaic module"; and
-requires the WSHFC to submit a report to the Legislature by December 31, 2017, on the potential aggregation of federal tax incentives and other financial benefits accruing from the installation, ownership, and operation of renewable energy systems and other distributed energy resources.

Hearing Date: Friday, March 10, 2017 -- 8:00 am

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1048&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)