OLYMPIA – Sen. Joe Nguyễn’s (D-White Center) legislation to further advance Washington toward a clean energy future has been signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee.  

Senate Bill 5165 changes transmission planning from a 10-year to a 20-year timeline. It also requires transmission planners to consider the electricity grid impacts of integrating the large increase of renewable energy projects to ensure Washington increases its capacity to interconnect clean energy projects in future years.  

Thoughtful transmission planning will help ensure Washington meets its obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide consistent, renewable and reliable energy in the future.  

“Washington has led and will continue to lead on thoughtful climate policy. We have big goals for our shift to a clean energy future and transmission lines are critical in achieving those,” Nguyễn said.  

The bill goes into effect on July 23.