Today, the Washington State Legislature put its final stamp of approval on a plan to responsibly transition TransAlta Corp.’s Centralia, Wash., power plant off of coal. The state Senate approved technical changes made in the House and sent the Coal-Free Future for Washington bill to Gov. Chris Gregoire for her much-anticipated signature.
Issues: Climate Legislation Implementation
Washington is leading Northwest states in the transition to a clean energy system.
On March 5th, Organized Labor and major environmental organizations in Washington reached an historic agreement with the TransAlta Corporation and Gov. Chris Gregoire to phase out coal-fired power generation in Washington. The agreement reflects all parties’ shared vision of a Washington powered by clean energy and will provide a model for the nation of how investing in transition to a clean-energy future can create good jobs and a healthy economy.
The state Senate on Saturday approved a bill that would eventually shut down Washington’s only coal-fired power plant, a move that could help the state meet climate change goals set in 2008.
The measure, Senate Bill 5769, was part of a deal negotiated among plant owner TransAlta, state officials and environmental groups (including the NW Energy Coalition and several member organizations). It would shut down one of the plant’s two boilers by 2020 and phase out coal-burning by 2025.
From this Sunday’s Columbian – “Coal-fired plant is not in our state’s future, and Senate bill offers best compromise”
Both the Seattle Times and Seattle PI.com are running an Associated Press story on Tuesdays packed House hearing on HB 1825 – which would transition the Centrailia Coal Plant off of coal power by 2020 and provide economic development for Lewis County. Nancy Hirsh, Policy Director for NW Energy Coalition testified at the hearing and LeeAnne Beres, Excutive Director of Earth Ministy and member of the Coalition’s Executive Board is quoted.
A chorus of calls for TransAlta to reduce emissions increased in volume this morning as a Seattle-based coalition released a report detailing what it called an “extremely dangerous” level of mercury roughly one month before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose new mercury emission requirements.
A new article by the Sightline Institute debunks the notion that the Centralia Coal plant is needed to provide 10 percent of Washington state’s energy needs.
A state judge on Monday gave environmentalists a green light to press forward with their challenge of Montana’s lease of 587 million tons of state-owned coal to a St. Louis company.
Read the full story at ABCNews.com
Andrea Durbin, Executive Director of Coalition member Oregon Environmental Council has an opinion piece in The Oregonian on the plan to close the Boardman coal-fired power plant no later than the end of 2020.
Coal coming down the Columbia River for export to China and tar sands equipment heading upriver to Canada suggest that we are collaborating in our own destruction.
Read the full article online at The Daily Astorian.