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Climate Change

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Climate change is an important global challenge that is transforming the energy industry.  Energy is essential to powering our daily lives and is the tie to how we get information, how we share knowledge, and how we interact with the world.  The majority of scientists agree that the increased rate of change of earth’s climate is due to rising greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere as a result of human activity.

Avista has a legacy of innovation in renewable energy, and today we have one of the lowest carbon footprints of all utilities in the United States.  According to the 2004 Natural Resource Defense Council air emissions benchmarking report, only eight of the 100 largest utilities have a smaller amount of carbon emissions from generation.

Society’s response to climate change will greatly affect our customers and the prices paid for energy in the future.  We are actively participating in discussions at the federal, state, and local levels to help shape our energy future and continue to build the vitality of the communities that we serve.

Legislation addressing climate change should require all sectors of our economy to contribute to the solution in proportion to their contribution to the problem.  Additionally, utilities with low carbon emissions should be recognized for their efforts to provide energy in an environmentally responsible way.

Avista is a member of the Edison Electric Institute and supports the Smart Climate Policy initiative now underway.
  
Learn more about Avista’s Climate Change Policy, position on climate change legislation, environmental policy, brochure on renewable energy and the greenhouse gas emission summary. You might also be interested in our Carbon Disclosure Project submittals, conservation programs and energy-efficiency rebates.

Avista has joined with a group of partners in an organization called American Businesses for Clean Energy Now. The organization advocates for congressional enactment of clean energy and climate legislation that will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

And if you want to learn more about climate change in general, we’ve gathered up some resources you can check out.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency Global Warming Site strives to present accurate information on climate change and global warming in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society - communities, individuals, business, public officials and governments.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assesses scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.

The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) supports research on the interactions of natural and human-induced changes in the global environment and their implications for society.

The U.S. Climate Change Technology Program (CCTP) is a multi-agency research and development coordination activity, organized under the auspices of the cabinet-level Committee on Climate Change Science and Technology Integration (CCCSTI), established by the president in 2002.

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