July 29, 2014
Inslee to lay out ideas for cap-and-trade, carbon tax
By John Stang, Originally published by Crosscut Gov. Jay Inslee is putting a cap-and-trade system and a carbon tax into play as ways to tackle the fallout from global warming in Washington. Those are the two propositions that an Inslee-appointed carbon emissions advisory task force will begin studying today, according to a document posted on the governor’s […]

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June 5, 2014
West Coast Floating Wind Turbine Plan Gains Momentum, Funding
By Benjamin Romano, Xconomy Seattle Seafarers and beachgoers know ocean winds blow strong and often. Wind energy developers know it, too. Hundreds of massive wind turbines already dot the seas around the U.K., Denmark, Germany and other countries—and developers are preparing to install the first U.S. offshore turbines in New England waters. That’s bringing a […]

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May 23, 2014
McCarthy Touts Collaborative Effort In Developing Power Plant Emissions Rule
Friday, May 23, 2014 from Energy and Climate Report By Paul Shukovsky May 22 –The Environmental Protection Agency has written its proposed rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants with collaboration in mind and will continue listening to interested parties, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said May 22 in Seattle. Speaking in advance of the […]

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May 20, 2014
Inslee wants to wean state’s electric utilities off coal
By Phuong Le, Associated Press With an abundant supply of hydroelectric power, Washington state currently gets less than 14 percent of its electricity from coal. Gov. Jay Inslee wants to take that down to zero over time. To wean the state off coal-generated power, the Democratic governor will have to persuade the state’s three private electric […]

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May 14, 2014
Commentary – Inslee's climate effort will face steep odds
By Patrick Mazza, Seattle Crosscut After months of quiet conversations between leaders in Washington state government, environmental NGOs and other key climate-related interests to shape a climate policy proposal, the deal is now on the public table. Gov. Jay Inslee will pursue a carbon cap-and-trade program in the state Legislature next year, with specific details to […]

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May 2, 2014
What Happens When Washington State Attempts Major Climate Action?
Originally published by CleanTechnica If climate hawk Governor Jay Inslee gets his way, Washington State may have just taken the next major step toward America’s clean energy and low-carbon future. Citing already-apparent climate change impacts to his state’s economy and environment, Inslee last week signed an executive order designed to cut fossil fuel emissions and boost renewable […]

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May 1, 2014
Meet the Governor's new climate change attack plan
  By John Stang, Crosscut Gov. Jay Inslee’s executive order Tuesday to tackle carbon emissions in Washington is more of a push than a flat-out mandate. The order created an advisory task force to give him advice by Nov. 21 on preparing his climate change agenda for the 2015 legislative session. And the executive order “asks” […]

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March 31, 2014
Governor signs bills on economic development and renewable energy
Governor Inslee signed three bills on Friday sponsored by Rep. Gael Tarleton (D-Ballard) that will strengthen our maritime industry and move Washington closer to a clean energy future. HB 2580 calls for a state-wide action plan to sustain and grow maritime and manufacturing jobs that make our trade-dependent economy work and ensure our state’s critical infrastructure is built […]

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December 12, 2013
UPDATE: Draft Proposals for CLEW Public Hearing on December 13th
Draft Proposals of Representative Short and Senator Ericksen Overview: Incentivize hydroelectric power generation Encourage conservation under I-937 Allow renewable energy credit banking Promote R&D for clean technologies Modify fuel mix reporting system Replace fossils fuels with nuclear generation Revisit targets established in 2008 Study consumption- and generation-based accounting of emissions Complete currently insufficient analysis of […]

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