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NEW! Utilities across Washington agree: Higher energy costs if 1631 passes​

15 Oct 2018 10:57 AM | Melissa Burgess (Administrator)
WFIA opposes I-1631 because the rise in costs of energy will hurt families' grocery bills.

Public utility districts and electricity producers responsible for providing affordable energy to millions of families and businesses in every corner of Washington agree that I-1631 deserves a NO vote.  I-1631 would result in increased energy prices, and those increases would be passed on to ratepayers.
The PUDs serving BentonClallamLewisMasonFranklin and Grays Harborcounties have all taken positions opposing I-1631.
Puget Sound Energy reviewed the impacts from I-1631 and concluded:

"Initiative 1631 will increase energy rates for our customers to facilitate investment in carbon emission reducing programs.”

- Puget Sound Energy, 10/1/18

The PUDs of Clark and Grant counties also looked at I-1631 and determined it would force rate increases as one way to deal with millions of dollars in increased annual costs resulting from the flaws in poorly written 1631. And increased utility costs are only one aspect of the harm I-1631 would do to Washington families and small businesses.

comprehensive analysis of 1631’s economic impacts concluded that the average Washington household will pay $440 more per year in the first year alone due to I-1631’s costs – and these cost impacts would increase every year automatically, rising to nearly $1,000 per household within 15 years. Estimates show gasoline prices would increase by up to 14 cents a gallon in the first year alone, rising every year under I-1631’s new energy tax.

Be on the lookout for the next email with some very specific ways that you can help defeat the costly, unfair and ineffective I-1631. Thank you!

Washington Food Industry Association

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