It is important to recognize and reclassify hydropower as a natural renewable energy source. The passage of I-937 in 2006 somehow determined that hydro is not a renewable resource–hard to believe in the Pacific Northwest!
Our least expensive energy is shipped to California and other states, while Washington citizens continue to subsidize expensive energies such as solar and wind power, dramatically increasing the cost of energy for Washington residents.
Even Germany is finding that solar and wind subsidies have driven up retail power prices by 17% in the past four years, in turn costing utilities and small businesses billions. They are capping new installations of renewable power, while Washington pushes toward them. Hydropower is renewable, and Washington should learn from Germany’s experience.