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Affordable, Reliable Energy – Washington Employers Speak Out Against Natural Gas Restrictions

Reliable and affordable energy is one of Washington’s main competitive advantages. GSI supports affordable, reliable energy resources and the preservation of consumer choice when it comes to meeting their energy needs. Natural gas and hydroelectricity play an important role in maintaining a healthy business climate.

GSI opposes legislation under consideration in the Legislature which would restrict the use of natural gas in Washington, raising concern among employers about their ability to compete. Efforts to restrict natural gas could drive up energy costs for consumers and businesses in a time of rising inflation. The issue is part of our State Agenda this year.

The state’s diverse energy portfolio — which includes hydro, wind, solar, nuclear, and natural gas — has helped Washington’s economy grow into one of the strongest in the country.

Learn more about the issue in the video below and how it impacts our business community.

The bills being considered include: HB 1766/SB 5668, HB 1767/SB 5666, HB 1770/SB 5669 and HB 1774/SB 5722.

GSI is an active part of the Association of Washington Business Grass Roots Alliance, which works to support legislative and economic development goals, representing our business community and helping give our Spokane regional businesses a greater voice on issues that impact them.

For more information, contact Peter Godlewski, AWB government affairs director for energy and environmental policy, or Jake Mayson, GSI’s director of public policy.   

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