Washington law expands generation of biomass RECs

Erin Voegele reports in Biomass Magazine that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation that allows certain older biomass power facilities to generate and sell renewable energy credits.The bill, SB 5128, was first introduced in January. It allows incremental electricity produced as a result of certain capital investment projects to qualify as an eligible resource under the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS).

Jay Inslee

Jay Inslee

Under the RPS, qualifying utilities must use eligible renewable resources, or acquire equivalent renewable energy credits (RECs), for 3 percent renewable energy by 2012, ramping up to 9 percent in 2016 and 15 percent in 2020.

Additional information is available on the Washington legislature website.

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