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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington


Our nation must take meaningful steps to build a new economy based on clean and renewable energy sources while we reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil. That’s why I’ve consistently supported programs that incentivize the use of renewable energy technologies like the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), most recently renewed for five years each under the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2016.

In addition, during the previous session of Congress, I was one of the lead sponsors of a resolution calling for more than 50 percent clean and carbon-free electricity by 2030. Recent technological advancements have dramatically reduced the cost of producing clean energy. Clean energy technology will create jobs, reduce costs for businesses and consumers, strengthen our national security and improve our standard of living.

As a member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), I will continue to work with my colleagues to build a new green economy and find innovative solutions to address climate change for our health and the health of future generations. In the First Congressional District, we have an educated workforce, advanced manufacturing and a growing technology industry – elements that are needed to be a leader in the emerging green economy. The Pacific Northwest has always been a leader on energy and environmental issues, which is why I support importantpolicies like, the West Coast Ocean Protection Act, to prohibit offshore drilling along the West Coast.

We must also continue to develop alternative forms of energy here at home such as solar, wind, hydro and bio-based fuels. I am proud to fight for alternative energy programs and I have consistently supported renewable energy funding to increase our energy independence and eliminate the damage of fossil fuels. I will always fight for investments and policies to encourage innovation and spur job growth in the renewable energy sector.

For our economy to continue to grow, we need to take control of our country’s energy future. We need a balanced approach that reduces our dependence on foreign oil and creates jobs right here in Washington.


More on Energy

Jun 5, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Pacific Northwest Members of Congress voiced their opposition to a proposal in the President’s budget to sell off the Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) assets.
May 31, 2017 Press Release
BOTHELL – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today issued the following statement after reports that President Trump plans to announce he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord – an international climate change action plan signed by more than 190 countries:
May 31, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Jared Huffman (CA-02), and Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today led a group of 18 other West Coast members of the U.S House of Representatives in calling on the Governors of Oregon, California, and Washington to continue their climate leadership and to uphold the core tenets and goals of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change. The letter to Governors Kate Brown, Jerry Brown, and Jay Inslee follows reports that Donald Trump is planning to withdraw the United States from the agreement.
Jul 6, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) and Derek Kilmer (WA-06) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would open up new markets and create jobs for rural economies by providing research, assistance and incentives for the construction of tall wood buildings throughout the United States.
Apr 12, 2016 eNewsletters
Dear Friend, Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the Seattle Aquarium to discuss why it’s so important to protect our oceans. The Aquarium uses water from the Puget Sound and helps rehabilitate animals affected by oil spills, which are a significant threat to sea otter populations.
Apr 7, 2016 Press Release
SEATTLE – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today called for a ban on offshore drilling along the West Coast while visiting the Seattle Aquarium, where animals affected by oil spills are rehabilitated.
Mar 3, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Reps. John K. Delaney (Md.-6), Ben Luján (N.M.-3) and Suzan DelBene (WA-1) have filed resolutions
Nov 4, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) helped introduce the West Coast Ocean Protection Act to prohibit offshore drilling along the West Coast.
May 20, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today opposed a bill that would restrict government investments in science, technology and innovation based on partisan ideology. The bill makes specific cuts to programs designed to combat climate change, promote energy efficiency and spur renewable energy research and development.
Mar 31, 2015 eNewsletters
Dear Friend, To get our economy back on track and help Washington’s families and businesses, we need to find responsible, bipartisan solutions to our nation’s fiscal issues. Unfortunately, the Republican budget passed by the House of Representatives last week was neither responsible nor bipartisan.