April 11, 2011
March 5, 2011(Key vote)
Title: Coal-Fired Power Plants
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that requires coal-burning power plants in Washington to comply with greenhouse gas emissions performance standards.
Establishes a greenhouse gas emissions performance standard of 1,100 pounds per megawatt hour or less (Sec. 103).
Requires coal-fired baseload electric generation facilities that emitted more than 1 million tons of greenhouse gasses in 2005 to comply with the emission standard for a single boiler by December 31, 2020, and any additional boiler by December 31, 2025 (Sec. 103).
Requires the Governor and the owners of a coal-fired baseload electric generation facility in Washington to enter into a memorandum of agreement which must include, but is not limited to, the following (Sec. 106):
Binding commitments to install selective noncatalytic reduction pollution control technology in any coal-fired generating boilers;
Provisions that require the facility owner to provide financial assistance to the affected community or communities;
Provisions that require the facility owner to provide financial assistance for the development of energy technologies that create economic and environmental benefits; and
$55 million in investments for the year 2012, and equal annual investments through December 31, 2023, or until the full amount has been paid.
Requires a facility subject to closure to provide the Department of Ecology with a plan for the closure and post-closure of the facility at least 24 months before closing (Sec. 202).
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.