Washington’s economy is built on abundant, reliable and affordable electric energy. Although Washington relies primarily on inexpensive, zero greenhouse gas emitting hydropower, it also has significant biomass and wind resources that are potential sources of renewable energy.
The state is a steward for clean energy, generating 82 percent of the state’s energy from renewable energy sources (WashACE 2014 Competitiveness Redbook). The reliable and affordable electric energy available to business in the state provides an advantage in economic development efforts. An erosion of our advantage has already begun with the 2000-01 energy crisis and persists to this day as market and regulatory pressures contribute to rising energy costs.