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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 […]

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Grant PUD: Carbon fee initiative would increase costs by millions

EPHRATA – Grant PUD officials say Initiative 1631 imposing a fee on carbon emissions would result in an about $16 million increase in average annual costs for the utility district. … “As the county’s demand for electricity grows, Grant PUD would need to purchase more electricity on the West Coast energy market,” utility officials stated. […]

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PUD, Farm Bureau Oppose Carbon Fee Initiative

According [to] the Lewis County Public Utility District, [I-1631] would have a huge impact on consumers. “Preliminary cost estimates are a 1.5 to 2 percent rate impact in year one, and then an additional compounding one-quarter to three-quarters percent rate increase each year thereafter,” said Matt Samuelson, the PUD’s interim manager. “This is in addition […]

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Clallam PUD opposes carbon fee initiative

Clallam County Public Utility District commissioners have resolved to oppose a state ballot measure that would slap a fee on large carbon polluters. District commissioners voted 3-0 Monday to approve a resolution against Initiative 1631, saying the measure would result in increased costs, decreased local control and compound regulatory requirements “all without an actual reduction […]

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Iron workers union opposes carbon tax

Fears about the effect of a carbon tax on new job creation has prompted the Iron Workers District Council of the Pacific Northwest to oppose Initiative I-1631, a measure that would place a $15-per-ton fee on certain emitters. The IWDCPNW represents over 9,000 members in the region and includes the members of Seattle-based Iron Workers […]

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Labor resistance to carbon initiative growing

… Initiative 1631, the state’s carbon pricing initiative, is not only facing opposition from the oil industry, but from a growing number of labor and building trade unions as well. Just last week, the Iron Workers District Council of the Pacific Northwest announced their formal opposition to the initiative citing concerns that the tax would […]

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PUD 1 Opposes Carbon Emissions Fee Measure

At their September 25th regular board meeting, the commission of Mason County PUD No. 1 unanimously passed a resolution opposing Initiative 1631… Discussion centered around the ambiguity of the rule making process and concern that, as with other initiatives, that process could drastically alter the original intent of this initiative. … Board president Jack Janda […]

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Initiative 1631 would increase Grant PUD costs by millions

Initiative 1631, which will appear on the state’s November ballot, would impose a fee on carbon emissions that could result in a 5 percent — $16 million — increase in average annual costs for Grant PUD. … As the county’s demand for electricity grows, Grant PUD would need to purchase more electricity on the West […]

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Utilities warn of “pancaking” carbon proposals

Two eastern Washington public utility districts (PUD) have passed resolutions opposing Initiative I-1631 … Combined, Franklin and Benton counties have more than 78,000 customers; their districts include the Tri-cities of Richland, Pasco and Kennewick, as well as the city of Prosser. … Franklin PUD staff estimate [I-1631] would add between $700,000-$1 million annually in energy […]

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