OLYMPIA - Washington state is a national leader in both aviation technologies and renewable resources, but thus far the state's airline industry has been powered by out-of-state sources of aviation biofuel.
House Bill 2422, which cleared the Senate on Friday in a 45-4 vote, looks to change that by creating the infrastructure necessary to permit aviation biofuel refining in our state. The bill also provides for coordination and communication among aviation biofuel stakeholders to help this emerging industry continue to move forward.
The legislation will help create jobs throughout the supply chain by developing a product that is both commercially and environmentally sustainable.
“With this bill we are fostering a regional supply chain for aviation biofuels, and creating jobs for our state and for Spokane, while reducing dependence on fossil fuels,” said Sen. Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, who sponsored the companion bill in the Senate. “Our state does not operate a large fleet of aircraft, so the state government can't offer to be a major buyer of such fuels. But there are things we can do as a state to encourage teamwork among the sectors interested in growing this industry.”
Commercial airlines and other local businesses indicated support during public testimony, emphasizing that by incorporating Washington biofuels into their operations and products in development, aviation biofuels will quickly become commercially viable. HB 2422 also authorizes the Washington State Housing Finance Commission to issue bonds and enter into other financial arrangements for the purpose of financing facilities that are primarily for the production, processing, or handling of aviation biofuels.
“Washington is already a leader in the research, development and use of aviation biofuels,” said the bill’s prime sponsor, Rep. Andy Billig, D-Spokane. “Thanks to the Senate’s passage of this bill, Washington will continue to be a leader in this promising and emerging industry, which will help create jobs and build prosperity in our state.”
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For more information:
Sen. Lisa Brown, 360.786.7604
Rep. Andy Billig, 360.786.7888
Dana Robinson-Slote, Senate Democrats
Jennifer Waldref, House Democrats