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Electric System Decarbonization

Carbon Reduction Investments are Smart Strategy for Electric Sector

A bill under consideration in the legislature would credit utilities under the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (I-937) for making investments in projects which reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Expanding the diversity of qualified projects presents a market opportunity for new technologies to reduce carbon while maintaining competitive energy costs for ratepayers.

An Opportunity to Strengthen I-937

I-937 has been a landmark success, boosting solar and wind electricity. I’m proud to have been an I-937 supporter. It’s important we make any changes carefully; such as

1. Broadening I-937’s scope to include other responsible ways of reducing carbon.
2. Encouraging market selection via a technology agnostic approach called Life Cycle Analysis (LCA).
3. Achieve greater carbon reduction and state economic stimulus than I-937.
4. Solve known problems like how the 1% rule works for no load growth utilities.

WaBA Advances Bipartisan Carbon Reduction Bill

The support of 5735 demonstrates that, whether the motivation is related to climate change, energy security, air quality, growing the economy, or energy efficiency, carbon reduction is a theme that both political parties can embrace. We encourage those concerned about reducing carbon emissions to take a closer look at SB 5735 and to focus their energy on improving it, rather than tearing it down.

Statement on Senate Bill 5735

We encourage those concerned about reducing carbon emissions to take a closer look at SB 5735 and to focus their energy on improving it, rather than tearing it down. Whether the motivation is related to climate change, energy security, air quality, growing the economy, or energy efficiency, carbon reduction is a theme both political parties can embrace