Environment

Preserving our state’s low-cost power and encouraging conservation Two bills I’m proposing are among several measures to revise the state’s renewable-energy requirements to preserve our low-cost power. They received a public hearing on February 12 in the Senate’s Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, which I chair. The issue is that current state law is forcing us to ship our low-cost, clean hydropower... Read More...
New energy in focus – wind power Today’s meeting of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee will focus on new technologies in the field of wind power. The committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on www.tvw.org.  The hearing is important because wind farms dot our state and wind power represents a... Read More...
Ericksen TV: Protecting the environment and creating jobs Senator Ericksen details his bill to refocus the state’s toxic clean-up account – the Model Toxics Control Act. The effort would improve the environment by cleaning more sites and create jobs through those projects and by renewing toxic lands with commercial potential. Also discussed is a recent myth floated in Olympia that... Read More...
My bill to protect environment, create jobs to receive public hearing This session I’m sponsoring legislation to refocus use of our state’s toxic clean-up account. The bill would increase the number of sites cleaned and promote private-sector job creation by emphasizing the renewal of lands with commercial potential.  A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for Wednesday, January 23 in the Senate... Read More...
My Bellingham Herald op-ed: New Energy in the state Senate This op-ed appeared in the Bellingham Herald on Tuesday, January 22. You can read the piece on the Herald’s website by clicking here. New Energy in the state Senate By Senator Doug Ericksen The opening days of a legislative session regularly feature ceremony and tradition, but this week something truly historic... Read More...
Inslee’s inaugural address echoes my energy, budget goals In his inagural address, I was glad to hear Governor Inslee hit on the same energy-policy goals I’ve been promoting: pursuing low-cost energy, create energy-sector jobs and encouraging new technology. That’s exactly what we’ll be focusing on in my Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, and I’m pleased the governor will... Read More...
Environmental issues added to Energy & Telecommunications Committee Today I was formally named chair of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee. The environment component was added to the committee when the Senate finalized its committee structure. Adding environmental issues to the mix was a natural fit because energy policy is directly linked to our environment and quality... Read More...
Ericksen TV: New energy in state Senate I recorded a brief video to highlight the excitement that the bipartisan Majority Coalition Caucus has brought to the state Senate. Not only is there new energy being injected into the capitol by a fresh focus on collaboration and positive solutions, I’m personally putting an emphasis on new energy as... Read More...
Blueprint for a Better Washington series Over the 2012 legislative interim, I took a look at some of the major issues facing our state and outlined what I see as positive solutions to move us forward by focusing on the cost and quality of the services being provided, rather than the method by which they’re provided. Read More...
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