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September 10, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Solar power: There are better ways to reduce use of fossil fuels

The article about solar power in Washington showed what a sweet deal it can be for those with enough money and sun [“Power clashes cloud solar’s future in Washington,” Local News, Sept. 6]. Due to rebates and subsidies the systems can pay for themselves after a number of years, and then you have free electricity — at least in the summer.

This is nice for a few people, but there must be a better way for Washington to reduce its use of fossil fuels. Why is Puget Sound Energy still generating “48 percent of its electricity from coal and gas?” How does that fit with the need to “dump that hydropower on Western power markets?”

One way of ending subsidies while still promoting green energy would be to place a fee on CO2 emissions.  If revenues from the fee were returned to households, the cost to middle-income residents would be mitigated.  Market forces would decide the most effective ways to reduce fossil-fuel use.

A fee on CO2 would also provide an effective means of meeting the new EPA regulations for reducing pollution from coal-fired plants.

Marty Bishop, Port Orchard

Comments | More in Energy | Topics: fossil fuels, hydropower, solar

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