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Nuclear value gains statewide support


Richland, Wash. – Asotin County Public Utility District commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday calling upon Energy Northwest to “take all possible steps to ensure the continued safe and reliable contribution of Columbia Generating Station, through its lifecycle, to the northwest clean energy mix….”

This is the tenth resolution from a state public utility highlighting the environmental and economic value of the region’s nuclear facility, and comes at a time of growing state bi-partisan political support for nuclear energy generation.  

Washington state Democrats passed a similar resolution, "Retain the Columbia Generating Station,” in September 2016, and the Benton County Republican Party passed “Retain Columbia Generating Station Through Its Lifecycle” in March 2017. Last year Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation calling Columbia “a vital part” of the state’s diverse mix of environmentally responsible generating resources.  

About Energy Northwest
Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including hydro, solar and wind projects – and the Northwest’s only nuclear energy facility. These projects provide enough reliable, affordable and environmentally respon­sible energy to power more than a million homes each year, and that carbon-free electricity is provided at the cost of generation. As a Washington state, joint action agency, Energy Northwest comprises 27 public power member utilities from across the state serving more than 1.5 million ratepayers. The agency continually explores new generation projects to meet its members’ needs.

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