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Press Release
July 6, 2006

Broad Alliance Submits 330,000 Signatures for Clean Energy Initiative

Volunteers Put I-937 Well Over the Top

Olympia, WA — Today, the people of Washington State took a giant stride toward a clean and affordable energy future. A broad coalition of utilities, businesses, labor, farmers and conservationists delivered more than 330,000 signatures to Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed, effectively qualifying Initiative 937 -- the Clean and Renewable Energy Initiative -- for the November 7 statewide ballot.

 
Speaking from the steps of the State Capitol building, U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee praised the dedicated volunteers who were central the signature drive’s success. “The large number of volunteers who collected signatures indicates strong public support for conservation and renewable energy,” Inslee said. Nearly 3,500 volunteers from across the state collected more than 185,000 signatures for I-937 – three-fourths of the 224,880 signatures needed to qualify the initiative for the ballot.
 
I-937 will guarantee that by 2020, 15 percent of the electricity from Washington’s largest utilities will come from new renewable energy sources, and that affected utilities implement all the bill-reducing energy conservation measures available in their communities. When voters approve I-937 this November, Washington will join 20 other states and the District of Columbia whose citizens already benefit from similar policies.
 
Speakers at the event highlighted the initiative’s benefits for the economy, small business, rural landowners and children. For example, renewable energy projects will bring significant new tax payments to struggling rural communities.
 
“Taxes from the first phase of the proposed wind project in Klickitat County will add over three times the annual revenue of our fire district, allowing us to upgrade equipment -- including a new ambulance,” said Klickitat Fire Protection District #2 commissioner Miland Walling. Projected tax payments from PPM’s Big Horn wind project would raise the fire district’s annual tax revenues from about $26,000 now to $130,000 in 2008.
 
New renewables projects provide new income sources to family farmers and other rural landowners, said Kittitas County rancher and retired teacher Mike Genson.
 
“With wind turbines on our land we will not have to prematurely subdivide and sell our land” said Mike Genson, who raises horses and bison on land within the proposed Kittitas Valley Wind Power Project. “Clean energy is the way of the future and will help keep our kids on the land.”
 
Increased reliance on conservation and renewable energy sources will reduce the need for new coal-fired power plants. “We need to reduce our dependence on all fossil fuels,” said Dr. Chris Covert-Bowlds, a Bellingham physician. “The harmful effects -- whether from mercury from burning coal or the effects of global warming -- will impact our children for generations to come.”
 
Many business and labor leaders have previously lauded the job-creation opportunities the initiative will create. "Energy efficiency and renewable energy mean real work and good jobs for businesses across the state,” Ash Awad, Vice President of Seattle-based McKinstry Co., said recently. “McKinstry has been able to maintain the employment of over 50 staff and professional engineers, as well as 200-300 trade jobs year after year. These are jobs that would not have existed without energy efficiency projects."
 
Energy consumers also have much to gain from I-937’s passage, several speakers noted. Energy efficiency will lower their bills immediately, and new renewables from sources such as wind and solar will shield consumers from fossil-fuel price spikes and drought-related shortages of hydropower.
 
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The following speakers are available for interviews. Call Bryan at (206) 380-9988:
 
  • Rep Jay Inslee, Congressman, 1st Congressional District
  • Sara Patton, Executive Director, NW Energy Coalition
  • Sam Garst and Marian Wineman, top volunteer signature gatherer
  • Ash Awad, Vice President of McKinstry Co.
  • Mike and Louise Genson, Ranchers, Kittitas County
  • Miland Walling, Fire Commissioner, Klickitat Fire Protection District #2
 
Media materials available in the “Press Room” at www.yeson937.org include:
(Note: The campaign website, and all links to it, are no longer active.)
 
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Endorsements list
  • National Map showing states with similar laws in place
  • The Economics of I-937
  • Meeting Future Power Needs with Clean & Affordable Energy
For more information contact:
Bryan Flint
Yes! On I-937
206-380-9988
bryan@yeson937.org
 
Andy Grow
Yes! On I-937
(206) 713-1792
 
Marc Krasnowsky
NW Energy Coalition
(206) 621-0094
(425) 281-0668 (cell)
 
See also: www.yeson937.org (Link no longer active by campaign.)
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