A Chance to Vote for Clean Energy in Washington

With Election Day fast approaching, clean energy is a hot topic in the state of Washington. The Clean Energy Ballot Initiative (I-937) would require the state’s largest utilities to get 15% of their electricity from renewable resources by 2020, and to invest in cost-effective energy conservation measures.

A new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists projects that if I-937 is passed, homeowners will likely save about $4 a month on their electric bill by 2025, a three percent drop compared to relying on fossil fuels. Overall, consumer electricity savings would amount to more than one billion dollars by 2025. There are other benefits besides reduced electricity bills. I-937 would create 2,000 jobs by 2025, 2.6 times more jobs than fossil fuel energy could provide.

And switching to clean energy would reduce Washington’s annual carbon dioxide emissions—the leading cause of global warming—by an amount equivalent to taking 750,000 cars off the road.

The Yes! on I-937 campaign uses results from the UCS analysis in its new television ad.

If you know anyone in Washington, send them a quick link to this entry.

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