The potential for clean energy in Washington is clear. And the time is now.

That’s what Environment Washington State Director Bruce Speight said when he testified on Jan. 17 before a key state Senate committee in support of SB 5116. The bill addresses climate change by calling on the state to transition Washington's electricity supply to 100 percent carbon-free by 2045. In his testimony, Bruce presented data from Environment Washington Research & Policy Center’s report “Renewables on the Rise” as well as the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, “Global Warming of 1.5°C” to illustrate the problem's urgency and renewable power's potential.

“Washington state and the country are seeing rapid renewable energy growth. To continue and accelerate the pace of change, we need the Senate’s leadership to take us to the next level—100 percent clean electricity,” Bruce testified.

SB 5116 has passed out of committee and will now move to the full Senate.

Photo:  Environment Washington State Director Bruce Speight testifies in support of SB 5116. Credit: TVW.