inslee clean power plan

On Monday Governor Jay Inslee announced a clean energy proposal to create a carbon-neutral electricity supply by 2030, and 100% clean electricity by 2045 with a goal of eliminating coal from our electricity supply. This is part of a range of reforms aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25% below 1990 levels by 2035, and is expected to be introduced as a package of bills when the legislature reconvenes in January. 

To achieve those goals our Governor is proposing:

Governor Inslee is planning the following investments through his budget proposal:

Similar to California’s clean energy standard, utilities must entirely eliminate fossil fuels in their electricity supply by 2045.

Washington has installed 133 MW through the second quarter of this year, putting it 31st for installed capacity to date, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. The large majority of this is residential systems, however commercial and utility-scale projects are on the increase. This plan will help move our state out of the solar basement, where we have been in spite of the fact that we get a lot of sun on the east side of the Cascade mountains.

It is important that we tell our state representatives and senators that we support the Governor’s proposal, so in January we will be providing a simple way for you to do that.

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Started Puget Sound Solar in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. Achieving NABCEP certification in 2004, Jeremy believes that our customers often follow a path similar to the one he took, starting out with solar daydreaming, then progressing to education on the subject, and eventually leading to action. In addition to leading the company he also does some teaching and speaking engagements about various aspects of solar energy, and experiments relentlessly with various solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle projects.

Jeremy Smithson

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