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News Release | Environment Washington

New EPA plan would drastically roll back clean water protections

On December 11, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled its plan to drastically roll back Clean Water Act protections from vast networks of streams and wetlands in Washington and across the country.

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News Release | Environment Washington Research and Policy Center

Putting solar panels on new homes could grow Washington’s solar capacity over 45-fold

If builders start putting solar panels on all new Washington homes in 2020, the state could increase its current solar power capacity by over 45-fold by 2045, according to a new report released by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center. Such a policy could also cut annual carbon dioxide emissions from energy use by 4.9 percent of 2015 levels by 2045.

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News Release | Environment Washington Research and Policy Center

A decade of progress positions Washington State to take renewable energy to the next level

Since 2008, Washington has increased wind production nearly four-fold and solar energy production 228 times, according to a new report by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center.  This increase ranks us 14th in wind and 32nd in solar nationally.  The report also highlights advances in the use of energy storage and electric vehicles that can help catalyze the clean energy revolution in Washington.  Washington ranked 5th for improvements in electricity energy efficiency programs.

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Report | Environment Washington Research and Policy Center

Solar Homes

Installing solar panels on all new homes would accelerate the growth of solar energy capacity. Installing solar panels on all new homes built from 2020 to 2026 would result in more solar energy capacity than the entire U.S. currently has installed. By 2045, installations on new homes would total 203 GW - 3.5 times as much solar capacity as the nation currently has installed. Adding solar energy to new homes would offset the use of fossil fuel-powered energy sources and cut 2017 carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. electricity generation by more than 9 percent annually by 2045.

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News Release | Environment Washington

Statewide Reusable Bag Bill Campaign Kicks Off

On November 28, Sen. Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) and Rep. Strom Peterson (D-Edmonds) announced today they are introducing companion bills in January, 2019, at the state legislature to address plastic pollution and recycling contamination due to plastic bags. The reusable bag legislation will build off the existing 23 local ordinances already in place in Washington.

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