In 2006, voters approved I-937 to guarantee that by 2020, 15% of the electricity from Washington’s largest utilities comes from new renewable energy sources. But the special interests who oppose I-937 want to use this year’s legislative session to undo its clean energy standards.
The state Senate recently voted by a 27-21 margin to pass a bill that will gut I-937’s renewable energy standard. If signed into law, Senate Bill 5840 will cut the amount of new renewable power called for in I-937 by as much as 75 percent!Changes put forth in the bill include allowing utilities to count existing renewable power projects built as far back as 1890.
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Washington voted to pass Initiative 937 in order to increase the development of new sources of renewable energy in our state. Cutting back our renewable energy development just doesn’t make sense in these economic times when these investments will create jobs and put money back into local communities.
Senate bill 5840 now moves to the House, where our state representatives will decide the fate of I-937. If this bill passes, our state would be the first in the nation to turn its back on new renewable energy development.
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