Olympia Conference to Extol Wind Power
N class=copy>A group that thinks wind power is the answer to Washington's future energy needs will have a renewable energy conference in Olympia next week.
The Washington State Public Interest Research Group, a nonprofit watchdog group that lobbies for environmental causes, will assemble several speakers for the Jan. 8 event, "Energy for Washington's Economy: A Forum to Examine the Benefits of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Washington's Economy."
The group, based in Seattle, wants the Legislature to mandate energy conservation programs for utilities, and to require utilities to obtain a portion of their electricity from new renewable sources. It also wants a moratorium on new permits for fossil fuel-based power plants beyond the 21 permits that recently were granted, as well as tax incentives to promote wind farms.
Robert Pregulman, the group's executive director, said they're hoping for 100 people at the conference.
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