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December 2, 2014 at 4:31 PM

The benefits to Puget Sound Energy’s coal switch

We are in agreement with the excellent guest column by three Western Washington mayors asking Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to step away from coal power, and we appreciate their leadership and forward-thinking [“You might be surprised by Puget Sound Energy’s coal power supply,” Opinion, Nov. 18].

We have a great opportunity to create family-wage jobs here in Washington state by continuing to grow our already booming renewable-energy industry. We’re eighth in the nation for installed wind capacity, which powers the equivalent of 645,000 average homes. Add another 112 solar companies at work in Washington that employ around 2,000 workers, plus the indirect jobs that our wind and solar workers support when they spend their paychecks here.

Instead of resisting change, PSE should embrace the opportunity to be a major player in our jobs future. PSE has a one-time opportunity to transform our energy grid and invest hundreds of millions of dollars in local solar, wind, energy efficiency and other alternative energy sources. By doing so, PSE would keep money in-state, strengthen our economy and create family-wage jobs while prospering. Retiring coal is a win for us and for PSE.

Anne Newcomb and John Sherwin, Issaquah

Comments | More in Energy | Topics: alternative energy, Anne Newcomb, coal power

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