Olympia Update

California is too expensive for Washington's energy economy


February 15, 2024

--Photo by John Sattgast

Washington, welcome to California styled policies. Over the past few years, Gov. Jay Inslee has signed SB5811 requiring Washington to adopt California motor vehicle emissions standards; the Washington Department of Ecology proposed following California's example of banning the sale of new, gas-powered vehicles in our state by 2035; California ban natural gas in new construction of which Democrats in our state passed HB 1589 banning natural gas in new construction and commercial buildings; and our legislation has passed the cap-and-trade bill; and the SB 5126 the Climate Commitment Act. California policies are too expensive for Washington State.

OLYMPIA–Several days ago, the Wall Street Journal issued a report about California's "soaring electricity rates." Average residential rates for investor-owned utility customers have surged by 72% to 127% over the past 10 years. About 2.5 million households in California are behind on their bills, averaging $733 in arrears.

According to the Energy Information Administration, California has the seco...

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