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The state legislature passed Chapter 80.70 RCW in 2004 with the intent to establish statewide mitigation of carbon dioxide from fossil-fueled thermal electrical generation facilities. The mitigation is to be accomplished through one of three methods:

  • Payment to a third party
  • Direct purchase of permanent carbon credits, or
  • Investment in an applicant-controlled carbon dioxide mitigation project

For the payment to a third party option, the statute directed the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) to develop and maintain a list of third party Independent Qualified Organizations (IQOs). These IQO's could receive payments from an energy facility for the selection and monitoring of carbon dioxide mitigation projects.

Independent Qualified Organization List:

The following organizations or companies listed below are eligible for third party payments for carbon dioxide mitigation. Energy facilities required to mitigate carbon dioxide under 80.70 RCW can select an IQO from the list below for the payment to a third party option.

The Climate Trust
65 SW Yamhill Street, Suite 400
Portland, Oregon 97204
Contact: Sheldon Zakreski, Senior Program Manager

Black & Veatch
11401 Lamar Avenue
Overland Park, Kansas 66211
Contact: Anne F. Harris, Vice President Environmental Services

3Degrees Group Inc.
The Presidio of San Francisco
2 Embarcadero Center, Suite 2950
San Francisco, California 94111
Contact: Scott Eidson, Head of
Origination & Trading Department

Additional Information:

EFSEC issued a Request for Qualifications in November 2008 to identify organizations or companies that have recognized experience, the ability to select and ensure carbon dioxide mitigation activities, have a proven track record, and that can carry out such activities in an efficient, reliable, and cost-effective manner. In February 2009, EFSEC selected the above organizations or companies to be placed on a list of third party IQOs. EFSEC will update this list as it deems appropriate.

For additional information contact:

Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council
1300 S. Evergreen Park Dr SW
PO Box 47250
Olympia, WA 98504-7250
(360) 664-1345

Associated Laws and Rules:

For further information please see: Chapter 463-80 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) that outlines EFSECs carbon dioxide mitigation requirements. Also see:


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