I was optimistic when I received Avista’s email requesting a little extra money to support wind power. Here, I thought, is a marked shift in the typically backward-thinking local utility. I was even willing to play the free-market game: I agreed to pay more on my utility bill to support this green-energy project. For this, I received a free-market gift, a delightful green t-shirt, with a windmill graphic. Cleaner energy, here we come.
Then I read that Avista is suing the state over the Department of Ecology’s clean-air rule, and I realized that my money is really going to blowing hot air into Avista’s lawyers.
I will be discontinuing my green-energy stipend. And, Avista, please send your man around, once he’s finished serving papers to the state, to pick-up my shirt.