Bloomberg Law
May 23, 2023, 8:08 PM

Utilities, Construction Groups Fight Washington State Gas Ban

Shayna Greene

A coalition representing construction organizations, utilities, and workers is suing the Washington State Building Code Council over natural gas restrictions set to take effect July 1.

The plaintiffs claim that the council has violated that Energy Policy and Conservation Act by amending the Washington State Energy Code to ban appliances that are allegedly covered by the act.

The move also “interferes with commercial and consumer energy choice; jeopardizes jobs; impairs commerce; and increases building and energy costs for Washington residents and businesses,” the complaint says.

The complaint, filed Monday at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, ...

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