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​Energy and Technology

We spend over $26 billion per year on energy... more than 6 percent of the state's economy.  Most of the money leaves our state to pay for oil and natural gas. 

The state's energy priorities:

  • Enhance economic competitiveness through an affordable and reliable energy supply
  • Ensure the state's energy system meets the needs of its citizens
  • Expand and integrate additional carbon-free and carbon-neutral generation
  • Improve transportation efficiency
  • Improving the transmission capacity serving the state
  • Maintain and enhance our existing energy infrastructure.
  • Make state government a model for energy efficiency
  • Meet statutory greenhouse gas limits and environmental requirements
  • Pursue all cost-effective energy efficiency
  • Reduce dependence on fossil fuel energy sources
  • Support access to clean energy markets worldwide
  • Support clean energy business and workforce development
  • Support clean energy technology innovation
  • Support development of cleaner energy sources
  • Use clean, renewable energy and greenhouse gas-neutral operations  

2013 - 2015 Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants for Higher Education, Local Governments, and State Agencies

$25 million for grants to higher education, state agencies, and local governments for energy efficiency projects. This fund includes $5 million for solar projects using Washington manufactured equipment. ​

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance

This is a federally funded program providing help to low-income households to make home heating more affordable. To see if you qualify, visit their webpage using the link to the right.

Washington State Energy Office

Our office researches and reports on a wide variety of energy topics.  We also run the State Energy Program, providing funding for projects throughout the state.


Weatherization adds insulation, seals cracks and makes other changes to reduce heat loss, save energy and save you money. With help from the federal government, we offer assistance to qualified low-income households. 


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