SB 5849 passed by the 2009 Washington Legislature, scripted the Department of Commerce to develop a state energy strategy document for consideration in the 2011 Legislature. The DOC recently announced its public process for input and participation in the crafting of this strategy. Rogers Weed, DOC Director, recently announced;
“I am pleased to announce that the Department of Commerce (Commerce) is launching an effort to revise the State Energy Strategy (SES), Washington’s comprehensive plan for meeting our future energy needs. This project is the result of action taken during the 2010 legislative session. An update to the state’s energy strategy is due to the Governor and the Legislature on December 1, 2010, with a full revision to be delivered by December 1, 2011. This legislation directed the revision of the state energy strategy and declared that a successful strategy must balance three goals to:
- Maintain competitive energy prices;
- Foster a clean energy economy and jobs; and
- Meet obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.