Washington’s strong energy and building codes often prove to be the state’s most cost-effective energy conservation measures. They reduce electricity and gas use, and save consumers money for years to come. But some business interests, including builders and realtors, want to squelch new energy code improvements. Their strategy is to legislate a more complicated code amendment process. Please tell chair Jeff Morris and other House committee members to reject SB 5804.
Renewable Northwest’s Jeff Fox explains how Montana’s wind energy development is on the rise despite the fact that the state’s renewable energy standard plateaus this year at 15 percent. Recent wind projects have lead to billions of dollars in economic investment and created hundreds of jobs. Montana has one of the best wind resources in the country and can continue to reap the economic benefits of wind development into the future.
This Portland Monthly article showcases how eight Oregon breweries have made strides to lower their carbon footprint by switching to renewable energy, recycling steam, sourcing local ingredients, installing efficient lighting, capturing methane, saving water, cutting transportation emissions and reusing spent grain. Raise a glass to these innovative breweries this St. Paddy’s Day!
Washington could join California and Oregon in setting strict efficiency standards for several classes of appliances. House Bill 1100 passed the state House in February and now awaits consideration in the state Senate. The bill is expected to face tough going in the Republican-controlled Senate given prior opposition to state standards and the party-line vote in the House. Please urge your state senator to support HB 1100!
The CEO of Sun Valley, Idaho-based Christensen Global Strategies, Aimée Christensen has two decades’ experience in policy, law, investment and philanthropy with the U.S. Department of Energy, World Bank, Baker & McKenzie and others. She guided Google’s first climate and energy initiatives, negotiated the first bilateral climate change agreements and wrote the first university endowment investment policy on climate change (Stanford University, 1999).