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Trash burner power bill dies

OLYMPIA – A proposal to make power from the West Plains garbage incinerator worth more money, one of the city of Spokane’s top legislative priorities, died a quiet death Wednesday in a House committee.

A proposal to reclassify power from the city's Waste-to-Energy facility as renewable energy, which would make it more valuable to the region's utilities, failed to come up for a vote in the House Technology and Economic Development Committee before a key deadline. Members of both parties said it is dead for the year. . . 

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Bill would make trash-generated power renewable

OLYMPIA – Electricity from the West Plains garbage incinerator would be classified as a renewable energy, and be more valuable to an electric utility, under a bill proposed by Spokane Sen. Mike Baumgartner.

Spokane’s waste-to-energy plant should be designated as a renewable resource, Baumgartner told the Senate Energy Committee Thursday: “As long as people make garbage, it’s renewable.”

But does fit under Initiative 937, which voters approved in 2006 to boost the state's supply of renewable energy, Sen. Marilyn Chase, D-Shoreline, wondered. I-937 was designed to encourage new facilities and the plant opened in 1991. . . 

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