December 10, 2023

Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (WA EFSEC)

Ellensburg Solar
‘Strength of Sunshine’ Brings Solar Projects to Wash. County
Solar farms are set to proliferate in sun-soaked Yakima County in central Washington.
Williamborg, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Big Renewable Projects Take Shape in Central Wash.
A new solar farm has been proposed for Benton County, Wash., while another massive renewable project in the county has passed one state hurdle.
Washington Dept. of Commerce
Wash. Looks to Boost Prospects for Winning Hydrogen Hub
Washington officials are working to bolster the state’s case to land one of the nation’s federally funded hydrogen hubs.
The Nature Conservancy
Siting Official Raises Habitat Concern over Wash. Solar Growth
A Washington siting council member requested a look at the effect of solar farms on Yakima Valley after the agency received applications for new projects.
Gov. Jay Inslee via Twitter
Inslee Partially Vetoes Wash. Siting Council Bill
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee angered Republicans when he vetoed a section of a bill that called for study of the impact of solar and wind farms on rural areas.
Washington Senate Democrats
Green Hydrogen Bill Passes Wash. Legislature
A bill is headed to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to create a new state office to support development of green hydrogen and other alternative fuels.
Bill to Expand Powers of Wash. Siting Council Passes Senate
Washington Senate Democrats greenlit a bill that would expand the authority of the body that makes citing decisions for energy facilities in the state.

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