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

The hearing is important because wind farms dot our state and wind power represents a growing component of our state’s energy load. Wind power also presents unique challenges, particularly from a reliability standpoint. We all need to be reading form the same page on the issue because it’s one our new governor has worked closely on. 

Each week of the 2013 session the EE&T committee has focused on a different emerging energy source; previous meetings were devoted to bioenergy, small-scale hydropower, and modular nuclear power. 

Our new-energy days have been a great opportunity to learn about emerging technologies directly from folks working in the field. For me, it all goes back to my three goals for the committee: lowering energy costs, creating energy-sector jobs and encouraging new technologies.

A full breakdown of Washington’s energy consumption by sector from the state Department of Commerce can be found below (click on the image to view a larger version of the chart on the agency’s webpage).


Energy mix