Community discussion of the pros and cons of the Feb 1 Clallam County PUD Net Metering rate changes. Learn what the rate change is all about and how it does or does not affect every PUD customer’s power bill. Is PUD threatening the continued development of clean renewable energy from solar power by creating a backdoor method for power companies to not support clean energy and maintain the status quo?
Are environmentalists being inconsiderate and ignoring the effects of electricity rates on their lower income neighbors? Does this disregard hamper those neighbors’ opportunity to help our community transition to clean energy and recognize renewable energy as being in everyone’s best interest?
Discover how the State Solar Fairness Act (SB 6081) would ensure that solar owners own the power they generate, which encourages and supports continued solar power development. Both the State Senate Energy Committee and the Senate Ways & Means Committees voted for this bill. The State Senate must NOW schedule a full floor vote.
Join Richard DeBusman and Paul Hansen on February 17 at the Mariners Cafe in Sequim from 5 to 6:30 p.m. as they lead a broad in depth discussion and answer questions which may help determine the nature of efforts for action now and in the future.
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“We are disappointed that the Clallam County PUD Board of Commissioners voted against supporting Initiative 732, a measure designed to accelerate the switch to affordable clean energy.”
In a guest opinion piece in the Sequim Gazette, OCA members collaborated on a response and appeal to the Clallam County Public Utility District Commissioners to rescind their opposition to the Carbon Tax Initiative, I-732. The main points:
- Most Clallam residents will keep more money in their pockets with I-732.
- I-732 will help the PUD meet its state and federal regulatory mandates.
- Most importantly, I-732 will curb fossil fuel pollution which contributes to climate change, a problem with serious social and economic consequences for Clallam County–winter floods, summer drought, wildfire, sea-level rise, and ocean acidification among them.
The piece concludes: “We have a responsibility to protect our children and future generations from these dangerous and costly threats to our community. With I-732, we can reduce taxes while protecting the environment. We urge the Clallam PUD commissioners to support I-732 and fulfill their mission to provide reliable, efficient, safe and low cost utility services in a financially and environmentally responsible manner.”
Catastrophic weather events seem to capture more headlines with each passing year–including events which have cut off power or water to PUD customers. The time for “business as usual” is past. We will continue to educate the PUD Commissioners and PUD customers about the advantages of I-732 to our community, our state, our nation, and the world at large. Climate change is not going away, and these issues aren’t either–in fact, they become more compelling with each passing day.
On May 9, members of OCA presented this statement to Clallam County PUD commissioners regarding their ill-considered opposition to I-732, the state carbon-tax initiative that will be on the ballot in November.
In spite of substantive refutations from OCA, OCA members, and a representative from the I-732 campaign, pointing out that I-732 will have very little economic impact on Clallam County and will help rather than hurt those most strapped to pay their electric bills, the PUD commissioners passed their anti-732 resolution anyway.
OCA will continue to educate the PUD commissioners and the public on these issues. Sitting back and doing nothing will not make the climate crisis go away.
Here is the letter that OCA wrote to the Clallam County Public Utility District (PUD) objecting to their letter to the Energy Northwest power suppliers’ consortium opposing the idea of a carbon tax. This PUD position was taken without public input, and the letter was sent without public notice. It is a great disservice to the power users and voters who elected this board, and it represents neither the truth nor the input of the PUD’s constituency. We expect better of our elected officials.
To PUD Board re opposition to carbon tax legislation