News Release | Environment Washington

Washington to become second state to adopt new energy-saving standards for common appliances and products

The Washington State Legislature passed a bill this week establishing energy efficiency standards on 17 common consumer products. HB 1444 now awaits the governor’s signature. Once that occurs, Washington will become the second state to adopt this new round of updated standards. The new law applies to a range of products and appliances, including commercial dishwashers, commercial fryers, water coolers and faucets.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: EPA seeks to legalize pollution via groundwater

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new interpretation of the Clean Water Act on Monday that fails to protect against pollution that passes through groundwater before reaching our waterways. The EPA is grossly misinterpreting the Clean Water Act and putting our waters at risk by opening loopholes for pollution. This change would leave the public vulnerable to toxic pollution, as our current lawsuit in Massachusetts demonstrates.

News Release | Environment Washington

100% Clean Electricity Bill passes Washington House of Representatives

The Washington State House of Representatives today passed the 100% Clean Electricity bill, E2SSB 5116. The bill requires utilities to obtain 100 percent of their electricity from carbon-free energy sources and features key near-term targets to eliminate coal from the grid by 2025.

News Release | Environment Research and Policy Center

Seattle lags behind in solar power among major U.S cities, new report reveals

Seattle remains behind its peers in installing solar power, ranking 35th nationwide for solar energy capacity (per capita). The results come from the sixth edition of Shining Cities: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy, a new report released by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center. It is the most comprehensive survey available of installed solar capacity in major U.S. cities.

News Release | Environment Washington

Appliance Efficiency Bill Ready for Senate Floor Action

On April 8th, the Washington State Senate Ways & Means Committee passed HB 1444, which would update an existing state standard and add 17 energy efficiency standards for common household and commercial products, reducing energy and water waste. Now the bill is ready for a full Senate floor vote.