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February 25, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Green-energy bills in Washington Legislature

Removing uncertainties, ensuring quick production

I would like to encourage all your readers to support House Bill 1086. This bill will create a Feed-in Tariff, which is a standard contract for green-energy power producers to receive payment per kilowatt sold into the grid.

The rate is different depending on the type of green energy, whether solar, wind, biomass, etc., and project size. The important thing is it removes all price questions when working with the local utility to interconnect.

This legislation will require the utility to connect the project into the grid and everyone will know the price they will receive for the green energy (electricity) they produce, before building the project. Most of the uncertainties will be removed that today prevent quick implementation of green-energy power production.

HB 1086 is moving through committees in the state House at this time, where it will then head to the Washington state Senate for a similarly successful committee review and to the governor’s desk by the end of this session, April 29.

Please contact your local house representative, as well as your state senator, as they need to support the legislation in order to ensure it passes.

— Mark Thomas, Bellingham

Time to get moving before greenhouse gases stack up

The Seattle Times is doing a good job of facilitating debate regarding the best policy for combating our ever-accelerating accumulation of greenhouse gases.

I favor the carbon tax as the most effective and simplest way to encourage increased conservation and development of clean energy. However, I think the Cap and Invest bill pending in the Washington state Legislature deserves support.

The main thing is to get moving since the longer we wait, the more difficult and expensive it will be to cut emissions to a sustainable level.

— Robert Jeffers-Schroder, Seattle

Stop the surcharges

Puget Sound Energy’s sale of all of its green power to SoCal Edison overlooks the 20,606 residences and 899 businesses that voluntarily pay a surcharge to receive green power from PSE.

At the very least, these surcharges should cease as of June. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission may have been surprised by the sale, but they should be on top of this situation affecting over 20,000 of their ratepayers.

— Jim O’Malley, Bellevue

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