FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 2, 2023
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OLYMPIA – The Senate took a big step in Washington’s path to a clean energy future by passing Sen. Joe Nguyễn’s (D-White Center) electric transmission planning bill.
Senate Bill 5165 changes transmission planning from a 10-year to a 20-year timeline. It would also require transmission planners to consider renewable energy projects to ensure Washington increases its capacity to interconnect clean energy projects in future years.
“Washington is leading the way toward a clean energy future, but that is not possible without transmission lines. This bill guides us to a thoughtful and streamlined way to implement our goals,” said Sen. Nguyễn.
The bill now heads to the House for consideration.