Did voters in 2006 realize passing Initiative 937, which excluded dams existing before 1999 from the renewable resource list, would force subsidizing "green" sources of energy at least three times: construction subsidies, increased power bills and increased cost of goods?
Because of I-937, at least 3 percent of power used in 2012 had to come from "renewable energy sources" (not dams). Though adequate power was generated through hydroelectric sources (dams), additional power had to be purchased from "green" sources to meet the requirement.
The "green" percentage increases to 9 percent in 2016 and 15 percent in 2020 -- even if more-than-enough power is generated by hydroelectric sources -- dams. Most utility companies are required to meet those "targets," thereby increasing their expenses -- which will be passed on to users. Businesses also will be paying more for electricity -- which will be passed on to consumers.
When future power needs increase, it is good to know "other" renewable resources will be available, but it does not make sense to pay extra now -- just because it is there -- when it is not needed.
JIM DAVISON, Waitsburg