A Case Study in Energy Over-Regulation: Denial of the Sumas 2 Generating Facility
Scott Fallon, Research Fellow, May, 2001
Washington is facing a severe energy shortage. Low rainfall and California’s botched regulatory restructuring have made the problem worse, but none of them alone are the direct cause.
The primary cause is lack of generating capacity. In the past decade Washington’s population has grown enormously, yet our energy producing-capacity has failed to keep pace. The state-level Energy Facilities Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) has played a major regulatory role in preventing the creation of enough energy production to keep up with the state’s growing needs. This is a role that is contrary to the agency’s primary mission.