If Climate-Change Panel Won’t Ask Tough Questions About Green-Energy Policy, Lawmakers Want Auditor to do It
Nobody’s asking the tough questions about I-937, Republican lawmakers complain. Sixteen of them, and six chambers of commerce, have joined the Washington Policy Center’s call for a performance audit of the state’s renewable-energy policy. It requires utilities to purchase high-cost windpower even though they don’t need it — and is expected to cause electric bills to spike as it takes full effect. The request can be seen as an expression of frustration with the governor’s climate-change workgroup, which appears to be backing away from promises of a tough cost-benefit analysis.