A bill sponsored by Sen. Chris Marr of Spokane would ease the requirements on Washington utilities to find a percentage of power from green sources, such as wind and solar.
Supporters say the bill would save ratepayers from drastic hikes. Opponents say it weakens Initiative 937, approved by voters two years ago to encourage renewable energy. Most utilities are required to get 3 percent of their power from green sources by 2012, going to 9 percent in 2016.
Marr’s bill would help slow-growing utilities reach the target. The legislation also would count some small hydropower and wood-burning projects and include renewable power throughout the Western grid, rather than just the Northwest. Conservation programs also could count toward the quota.
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