In 2006, Washington voters approved I-937, an environmental measure that said utilities must secure 15 percent of their power supply from renewable resources like wind and solar by 2020. Hydro did not count toward the goal.

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.
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