Washington Energy Conservation Financing, SJR 120 (1979)

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The Washington Energy Conservation Financing Amendment, also known as Senate Joint Resolution 120, was on the November 6, 1979 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure permitted municipal utilities to assist homeowners in financing energy conservation measures until 1990.[1] The measure added Section 10 of Article VIII of the Washington Constitution.[2]

See Energy policy in Washington for a full explanation of energy policy across the state.


Since the amendment would become invalid in 1990, the legislature put a similar measure before voters to renew and expand the amendment in 1988.

Election results

Washington SJR 120 (1979)
Approveda Yes 526,349 62.80%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

See also: Washington State Constitution, Section 10 of Article VIII
Shall municipal utilities be permitted by the constitution to assist owners of residences in financing energy conservation measures until 1990?[3]

Constitutional changes

The text of the amendment read:

Article VIII, section . . . . . Notwithstanding the provisions of section 7 of this Article, until January 1, 1990 any county, city, town, quasi municipal corporation, municipal corporation, or political subdivision of the state which is engaged in the sale or distribution of energy may, as authorized by the legislature, use public moneys or credit derived from operating revenues from the sale of energy to assist the owners of residential structures in financing the acquisition and installation of materials and equipment for the conservation or more efficient use of energy in such structures. Except as provided in section 7 of this Article, an appropriate charge back shall be made for such extension of public moneys or credit and the same shall be a lien against the residential structure benefited. Except as to contracts entered into prior thereto, this amendment to the state Constitution shall be null and void as of January 1, 1990 and shall have no further force or effect after that date.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1979 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 21, 2013
  2. Washington State Legislature, "Washington State Constitution," accessed August 22, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.