– May 8, 2017, The Daily News
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At the last minute Monday, the administration of Gov. Jay Inslee delayed a decision on a bill that would help KapStone’s Longview pulp mill profit from production of renewable biomass energy.
Inslee initially was expected to sign the bill Monday morning, but his office withdrew it for further review and rescheduled it for his signature May 16, the governor’s press office said. Spokeswoman Tara Lee said the governor still is expected to sign the measure, but she said nothing is certain until it is inked.
– by Erin Voegele, April 12, 2016, Biomass Magazine
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently vetoed legislation that would have benefited older biomass facilities by allowing those producing electricity through certain recent capital investments to generate credits for compliance with the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS).
According to information published by the Washington legislature, the bill, S.B. 6166, would have revised the definition of “eligible renewable resource” under the state’s Energy Independence Act, which established Washington’s RPS program. The new definition would have included incremental electricity produced as a result of a capital investment completed after March 31, 1999, that increases, relative to a baseline level of generation prior to the capital investment, the amount of electricity generated that generates qualified biomass energy and that commenced operation before March 31, 1999.