PUD Opposes I-1631

The Grays Harbor PUD Board of Commissioners voted in opposition of Initiative 1631 on Monday. …

On Monday, the Grays Harbor PUD spoke at their meeting to voice their opposition to the bill. Commission President Arie Callaghan said that while the intent may be to place the burden on these larger companies producing pollution, the concern is that the fee will be then passed onto local customers. …

“While there are some positive points to a fee on carbon emissions, there are too many unknowns in I-1631 for the utility to support it,” said Commission Secretary Dave Timmons. “Let legislators work with utilities, industries and the environmental community in 2019 to come up with a solution to carbon emissions that the entire state can rally behind and continue Washington’s positive role in environmentally friendly energy production.”

All three Commissioners voted to oppose the bill. On Sunday at a candidate forum in Ocean Shores, PUD Commissioner candidate Allen Werth spoke out in favor of the bill, stating that he supported the initiative and that something needed to be done to reduce pollution.

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