Energy

U.S. House Approves Funding for Water Treatment Facilities in Carson and Washougal

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The U.S. House of Representatives this week approved a yearly spending plan which included two Southwest Washington community funding priorities Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler secured through her position on the House Appropriations Committee, including funding for the Carson Water Treatment Plant Rebuild and the Washougal Wastewater Treatment Plant Anoxic Selector Project. “Several…

Herrera Beutler, McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse, Fulcher Reaffirm Support for Hydropower Resource

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U.S. Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), and Russ Fulcher (ID-01) today reaffirmed their support for hydropower and emphasized the importance of protecting existing hydropower resources in the Pacific Northwest. In a resolution, the Representatives expressed that it is the sense of Congress that hydropower is an essential…

Herrera Beutler’s Legislation to Strengthen Grid Security and Increase Energy Efficiency Signed into Law

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This week, the president signed into law two bipartisan bills led by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler to strengthen grid security and improve energy efficiency in Southwest Washington. The Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act and Grid Modernization Research and Development Act were included in the funding package approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S.…

Herrera Beutler, Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers React to Final EIS for Columbia River System Operations

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Today, Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Dan Newhouse, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers released the following statement after the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was released for the Columbia River System Operations. “Our constituents understand the important role the Federal Columbia River Power System plays for our way-of-life – in fact, we have always said that our rivers…

Jaime Herrera Beutler Welcomes Release of the Columbia River System Draft Environmental Impact Statement

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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler issued the following statement following the release of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the federal Columbia River System: “The Columbia River plays such an important role in so many aspects of our lives here in Southwest Washington. This draft Environmental Impact Statement provides a framework to continue producing renewable hydroelectric energy, productive salmon recovery efforts, flood risk management, and the reliable transportation of goods for our region. This EIS is the result of years of federal scientific review and collaboration with regional, state, local, and tribal stakeholders, and I look forward to a final record of decision this fall. Until then, I encourage the public to submit their comments to ensure their voice is heard.”

Jaime Herrera Beutler’s Legislation to Increase Energy Efficiency and Strengthen Grid Security Approved by Congressional Committee

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Today, U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) applauded the advancement of two bipartisan bills she’s leading to improve energy efficiency and strengthen grid security in Southwest Washington. The two bills, which were approved by the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee today, focus on expanding research and durability of grid scale energy storage and the modernization of our nation’s electric grid.

Bill to Protect Columbia and Snake River Dams Passes House

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Today, a bipartisan bill to protect the Columbia and Snake River Dams passed the House by a vote of 225 to 189. This effort, introduced by Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) alongside Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Greg Walden (R-OR), and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), will protect the dams by codifying the 2014 Biological Opinion, a collaborative agreement on how to manage the river system to protect fish and support clean, renewable energy.