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Hydro legislation heads to Washington’s House for approval

The Washington State Senate passed a bill, allowing utilities to designate hydroelectric power as renewable.

Senate Bill 6058, which passed with a 28-20 vote in favor last week, would help companies comply with a 2006 policy called Initiative 937, also known as the Energy Independence Act.

That policy requires utilities with at least 25,000 customers to purchase at least three percent of its power from eligible renewable resources. That percentage increases to 9 percent in 2016 and 15 percent by 2020.

The bill would also count wave, ocean and tidal power as renewable.

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