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Hydro Power Bill Advances To State Senate

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - A local lawmaker is pushing hard for a hydropower bill that has passed the State House and is now being considered by the Senate.

Representative Larry Haler said there are lots of hydropower projects in the Tri-Cities and Yakima areas already. They're used in agriculture where small amounts of electricity are generated out of canals or wastewater pipes.

That power is used to run things like farm pumps and houses. If this bill passes the Senate, those using that power would get renewable energy credits for that.

"It's a very good bill, overall. It's a step forward from where we were over the last few years where we didn't even allow any hydro projects to be built in the state," Haler said.

Haler is the sole sponsor of this bill. Monday it was considered by the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications committee.