Senator Brad Hawkins opposed clean energy bill passed by Legislature


12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins voted against the so-called clean energy bill that was passed by the Legislature Wednesday because it did not give equal treatment and tax breaks to hydro power as a renewable energy source. The bill, touted by Governor Jay Inslee, commits the state to using 100 percent clean energy by 2045. Hawkins told NCWLIFE he tried to have hydro included in the clean energy bill, but was unsuccessful so he has now introduced a bill specifically to do that.

Hawkins’ bill would save PUDs an estimated $22 million in sales and use taxes over the next 10 years as they replace generating units.