Washington state considers rollback on clean energy bill

The clean-energy initiative approved by voters in 2006 has taken a beating in the 2009 state Legislature.

The state Senate passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5840, which would roll back the requirement in Initiative 937 that utilities with at least 25,000 customers secure 15 percent of their energy by 2020 from new renewable resources such as wind and solar power and through energy conservation.

"We're in danger of making Washington the first state in the country to go backward on clean energy," said Joan Crooks, executive director of the Washington Environmental Council.

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