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Wind Power Initiative Passing Narrowly

Tom Banse
11/08/2006

A Washington State ballot measure to compel utilities to generate more green energy is passing. The victory may put more wind in the Oregon governor's sails. Democrat Ted Kulongoski is pushing a similar requirement. Correspondent Tom Banse has more.

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THE CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE I-937 IS THE ONLY WASHINGTON CITIZEN INITIATIVE TO WIN VOTER APPROVAL THIS YEAR. IT REQUIRES THE STATE'S LARGER UTILITIES TO GET 15 PERCENT OF THEIR ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES BY THE YEAR 2020. WIND POWER WOULD BE THE CHIEF BENEFICIARY, THE WAY THINGS LOOK RIGHT NOW. SUBURBAN SEATTLE CONGRESSMAN JAY INSLEE, A BOOSTER, CELEBRATED THE PASSAGE.

INSLEE: "This vision is not just important for Washington. I believe this initiative has struck a spark that is going across America."

OREGON'S NEWLY RE-ELECTED GOVERNOR TED KULONGOSKI INTENDS TO PUSH A SIMILAR PLAN DUBBED "25 BY 25" IN THE NEXT OREGON LEGISLATURE. IN BOTH STATES, SOME UTILITIES WORRY THE ELECTRICITY MARKET WILL BE DISTORTED BY WHAT THEY CONSIDER TO BE UNNEEDED MANDATES. I'M TOM BANSE IN OLYMPIA.

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