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Clean technology initiative signed into law by Washington Governor Gregoire

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signed into law SSB 5921 which requires the governor to convene a temporary Clean Energy Leadership Council. The Council, in collaboration with a statewide, public-private alliance, will prepare a strategy for growing the clean energy technology sector in Washington state.

According to the bill, the Council is to submit an interim clean energy strategy and initial recommendations to the Governor and Legislature by December 1, 2009, and the final clean energy strategy and recommendations by December 1, 2010. The Department of Community Trade and Economic Development is to consider the clean energy strategy when preparing its application for federal state energy program funding and determining the type and number of projects to fund, and is to consult the Clean Energy Leadership Council prior to awarding federal energy stimulus funding for clean energy projects.

"We must coordinate the efforts of alternative energy entrepreneurs and innovators with public and private resources," said Sen. Phil Rockefeller, D–Kitsap County, primary sponsor of the bill. "This will help move their ideas into commercial application and create clean energy job opportunities."

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