Environment

House unanimously passes Brown bill to advance geothermal exploration By a vote of 98 to 0, the House of Representatives today passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown that advances research on renewable energy by improving the permitting process for geothermal exploration. “Geothermal energy is a clean, renewable, environmentally-friendly resource that new technology and research are making even... Read More...
Public weighs in on Brown’s bills to support jobs in clean energy Washington already has a one-stop process for locating major energy facilities; Sen. Sharon Brown has come up with a way to speed the process along and get to the job-creation part sooner. Today the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee held a public hearing on a measure that would streamline... Read More...
Gates’ clean-energy plan is on right track, Republican senators say Offers contrast with heavy-handed government mandates Similarities with Senate bill Has potential to increase job creation, rather than hamper it Two Republican state senators say Bill Gates has a powerful idea with his plan to spur private-sector development of clean-energy technologies – and they say it offers a dramatic contrast... Read More...
Brown measures to expand use of nuclear power clear Senate energy committee Today the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee approved a package of bills aimed at encouraging and expanding the use of nuclear power as part of the state’s carbon-reduction strategies. Sen. Sharon Brown, a member of the committee and the Legislature’s leading advocate for nuclear power, introduced the four measures,... Read More...
Brown named to nuclear-energy task force State Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, today announced her appointment to the new Joint Select Task Force on Nuclear Energy. The bipartisan group of state senators and representatives will study the feasibility and economic benefits of increasing nuclear-power production in the state. “As our population grows, getting affordable, clean energy to... Read More...
Deep Dive: Energy and environment issues in the 2014 session As we’ve taken a deep dive into education and jobs, we’ve seen a clear pattern emerge. The Senate, with its bipartisan coalition focused on common-sense solutions, offers up legislation to address some of the challenges we face as a state, only to see needed reforms ignored in the House of... Read More...
Guest op-ed: ‘Double paying’ for clean energy hurts consumers By SEN. SHARON BROWN AND REP. SHELLY SHORT Nobody likes to pay twice for the same thing. Our inherent understanding of value and fairness encompasses this fact. Yet here in Washington state, energy consumers continually see their rates increase as they are forced to pay twice for energy efficiency upgrades... Read More...
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