Legislation is currently being crafted in Olympia (reportedly on the Senate side) that would ease the rules around hydro allowing it to count—at some level—toward the goals.
"I-937 is being watered down. Literally," one green lobbyist quipped bitterly to me yesterday.
I haven't seen the draft legislation yet. More to come as this story develops.
Interesting political footnote on this story:
U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee was one of the main advocates for I-937 (it's unusual for our federal level politicians to get involved in state measures, but Inslee made it a priority to stump for I-937.) Given the likely match up between Inslee and state Senate Majority Leader Sen. Lisa Brown (D-3, Spokane) for governor in a 2012 Democratic primary, this could become an issue.