A decade under Initiative 937 yields new jobs, new industries, and affordable electricity Good energy and environmental policy is also good economic policy. That’s the message of a new video collection produced by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Renewable Northwest, and the NW Energy Coalition. The videos are featured on a new website: CleanEnergyRising.org. The […]
Issues: I-937 – The Clean Energy Initiative
An informed counterpoint to the flawed EarthFix “Dams or Salmon?” video Idaho Statesman reporter, Rocky Barker, a speaker at the NW Energy Coalition’s spring conference last April in Boise, has published the second piece in his series on the question of whether Columbia River salmon will ultimately survive. This installment offers hope based on the fact that, as grid […]
Seattle’s channel 13, a Fox affiliate, reported on local reactions to President Donald Trump’s recent executives orders that target the Clean Power Plan and the EPA’s ability to regulate carbon emissions. Becky Kelley of the Washington Environmental Council and Sean O’Leary of the NW Energy Coalition emphasized the Northwest’s commitment to clean energy and the environment […]
At a moment when it’s imperative that states take the lead in fighting climate change and promoting clean air and water, the NW Energy Coalition is joining five other groups in proposing the Clean Energy First Act (HB1334) in the Washington state legislature.
Washington voters passed Initiative 937 in 2006 to build on the state’s hydropower heritage and create a diverse clean energy economy.
Are you getting tired of continual efforts to undermine the state’s incredibly successful clean energy law, Initiative 937? Well, here they come again. The Washington State Senate is about to vote on a slew of bills to slash I-937’s goals and standards. Tell your state senator to protect our clean energy law and our clean energy future. Vote NO on Senate Bills 5089, 5090, 5094, 5430, 5735 and 5842!
I-937 is working I-937 post 2020
State Rep. Jake Fey (D-Tacoma) has introduced HB 2073 to enhance the consumer and health benefits of Washington’s new renewables and energy efficiency law, Initiative 937. Fey’s Clean Energy Choice Act provides a framework for discussion of new resource development after 2020, when I-937’s new renewables standard plateaus at 15 percent.
The vision laid out in a new, comprehensive approach to reforming I-937, called the Clean Energy Choice Act (HB 2073), addresses the needs of utilities to serve load at low costs while ensuring that every time a fossil fuel contract comes due, it is replaced by clean energy. Megawatt by megawatt, the Clean Energy Choice Act will transition our fossil-powered grid to one served by renewable energy. This legislation deserves a hearing and vote, and should be the starting point for any post-2020 proposal going forward.
Initiative 937 keeps paying off with record energy savings for customers of Washington state’s largest utilities. The 17 electric utilities covered by Washington’s Clean Energy Initiative have reported they’ve exceeded their Initiative 937 energy efficiency targets for 2012-13, collectively shattering their record savings total from the previous 2-year period (“biennium”).