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By Emma Scher
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Carlyle hits the gas on renewable energy bill


January 23, 2019

A bill to transition Washington into a state that runs entirely on renewable energy will go to the Senate floor next week if Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle gets his wish.

He wants Senate Bill 5116 to start moving forward by Tuesday.

If passed, Washington state would transition to a completely renewable-energy economy, requiring each electric utility to provide 100 percent of its electricity services using non-polluting, renewable resources by 2045.

“I’m optimistic. These discussions have been underway for two years; this goes that final step. There’s no reason that we can’t embrace a fully renewable electrical system,” said Carlyle. “It’s an operational issue, not an ideolog...

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