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EPA Proposes Limits on Carbon Dioxide From Power Plants: What It Means for the Pacific Northwest

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week issued is long-anticipated proposal to limit carbon dioxide from power plants, dubbed the “Clean Power Plan.” Predictably, both industry groups …

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Getting a CLEW from the IPCC: Can IPCC’s Policy Analysis Break the Olympia Logjam on Climate Policy?

The recently-released Fifth Assessment Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (“IPCC”) has received widespread coverage for its conclusion, expressed with “high confidence,” that …

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I-937 Updates: New Legislation and New Administrative Rules May Alter Washington’s Renewable Portfolio Standard

As a result of both legislative and administrative action, several notable changes to Washington’s Initiative 937 (“I-937”, also known as the Washington Energy Independence Act) are on …

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Getting a CLEW About Climate Legislation: Report to Governor’s Climate Workgroup Suggests Future Course of Greenhouse Gas Regulation in Washington

Earlier this week, Leidos (formerly SAIC International) delivered its final report evaluating greenhouse gas (“GHG”) reduction policies from other jurisdictions to the Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup …

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Revised Draft I-937 Rules Suggest Significant Changes in Energy Conservation Compliance

On October 4, the Washington Department of Commerce’s Office of Energy issued a “Stakeholder Discussion Draft” of revisions to the Washington Administrative Code provisions governing compliance with …

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A Fair Wind Blows: Washington Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Whistling Ridge Wind Project

Yesterday the Washington Supreme Court rejected a challenge to former Governor Christine Gregiore’s approval of a 35-MW wind farm in Skamania County proposed by Whistling Ridge Energy, …

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Washington’s Attorney General Will Address I-937 Conservation Requirements

Yesterday, the office of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued a notice that it will provide a formal opinion on several legal questions that are critical to …

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State Energy Office Concludes Non-Utility Conservation Can Be Used for I-937 Compliance

The Washington State Energy Office (which operates within the Department of Commerce) recently issued an Advisory Opinion of considerable importance to utilities required to meet Initiative 937’s …

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