Avista Needs to Move to Clean Energy

I got this email from my friend Jace.  If you get electricity from Avista (and most of us do) let them know you want clean energy.

Take action today!


Let’s bring green jobs to Eastern Washington.

Local energy company Avista still gets about 20 percent of its electricity from one of the west’s largest and most polluting coal-fired power plants in Colstrip, MT. Replacing coal with clean energy is one of the biggest steps we can take to reduce our pollution and invest in Washington jobs.

Avista Needs to Stop Using Coal

Keep up the pressure on Avista by posting a quick message on their Facebook wall, telling them to retire this dangerous coal plant.

Click here to post a quick message on Avista’s Facebook wall to let them know you are ready for a coal-free Washington!

The Sierra Club and other allies are working with Avista to demonstrate that clean energy investment is what is best for our communities. Big companies like Avista listen to their customers, your input will go far to show the company that this is what their customers want.

Avista need to see that our community wants clean and renewable energy and the good family wage jobs that go with it. Our future lies in wind, solar, and energy efficiency, not a dirty 19th century fuel like coal.

Thank you for all you do to bring clean energy to Eastern Washington.


Jace Bylenga
Washington Beyond Coal Campaign

I 937 and renewable energyI got this from Cy Berryman.  Cy, the NW Energy Coalition, and Eastern Washington Voters gathered 3,000 signatures in Spokane and Pullman to qualify Initiaive-937 for the ballot in 2006. 

I-937 passed and the law now requires Washington electricity generators to include true renewables in their portfolio.  It would be a shame for I-937 to be rolled back or even overturned.  Please contact your legislators and tell them to keep I-937 the way it is. 

Dear Bryan,

Several bills moving toward floor votes in Olympia would undercut our clean energy law, Initiative 937, and reduce Washington’s commitment to a clean and affordable energy future. Proposed changes include allowing coal purchases from the TransAlta plant to reduce utilities’ renewable energy obligations. 


Tell your state legislators to stop rollbacks to I-937 and clean energy! 


By preserving I-937’s intent to increase new clean energy development, Washington can remain a clean energy leader. I-937 is our state’s No. 1 means of reducing climate pollution. It is diversifying our clean energy mix at a time when our hydropower system is stressed with 93% of the state in moderate drought. It is bringing billions in renewable energy investments to our state and creating thousands of good, local jobs. This is hardly the time to start chipping away at our state’s most effective clean energy law.  

But proposed bills this session would weaken our state’s renewable energy standards. Three bills would count hydropower upgrades that are already happening now toward those standards. House Bill 2676 and Senate Bills 5992 and 6058 would cut back development of new clean resources by 52 to 75 average megawatts – equal to one new medium-size wind project. Another bill, SB 5298, would reduce the amount of new renewables a utility buying TransAlta coal power would have to acquire.  Combined, these bills would further slash new renewable development and clean energy jobs in our state.  

Tell your state legislators to stop rollbacks to I-937 and clean energy! Many of these bills will be up for floor votes very soon, so it is critical that you act today!

Together we can act to stop these rollbacks to I-937 and continue our progress toward the clean energy future we value so much.


Thank you for your support! 

Cy Berryman

Outreach Director

NW Energy Coalition