IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

Subnational

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 07 Jul 2017 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Localisation incentive

On July 1, 2017 the Washington state legislature approved a bill (SB5939) that expands the state’s incentives program for the production of renewable energy. The governor signed the bill into law on July 7, 2017. It came into effect immediately.

Two provisions of the bill make certain incentives conditional upon manufacturing in Washington state. One of these two items, each of which delegate authority to the Washington State University system, is a tax-incentive provision that reads as follows:

The Washington State University extension energy program must determine the total incentive rate for a new renewable energy system certification by adding to the base rate any applicable made-in-Washington bonus rate. A made-in-Washington bonus rate is provided for a renewable energy system or a community solar project with solar modules made in Washington or with a wind turbine or tower that is made in Washington.

The other item delegating authority to the Washington State University system is a localization provision that reads as follows:

The Washington State University extension energy program must, in consultation with the department of commerce, develop technical specifications and guidelines to ensure consistent and predictable determination of eligibility. A solar module is made in Washington for purposes of receiving the bonus rate only if the lamination of the module takes place in Washington. A wind turbine is made in Washington only if it is powered by a turbine or built with a tower manufactured in Washington.

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

432 Pumps, compressors, hydraulic & pneumatic power engines; parts
8412 Other engines and motors.
841280 Other
471 Electronic valves & tubes; electronic components; parts
8541 Diodes, transistors and similar semiconductor devices; photosensitive semiconductor devices, including photovoltaic cells whether or not assembled in modules or made up into panels; light emitting diodes; mounted piezoelectric crystals.
854140 Photosensitive semiconductor devices, including photovoltaic cells whether or not assembled in modules or made up into panels; light emitting diodes

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