Every two years, members from Washington’s Weatherization Program attend the Energy OutWest (EOW) conference. This is a time for them to learn, share and network with some of the country’s leading experts in energy efficiency. This year’s conference will be held in Phoenix, Arizona May 21-25. EOW is a technical resource for low-income energy services for representatives from ten western states, the Navajo Nation, and the Intertribal Council of Arizona.
Currently in the Local Government Division, the Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants (EES) program will soon be joining the Energy Division. The EES program focuses on reducing energy and water costs at state public higher education institutions, local government facilities, state agencies and K-12 public school districts. The program promotes the use of Washington manufactured solar products, including solar modules and inverters. They are awarded through a competitive process and
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) has published their second single family homes report. The objective is to characterize existing residential building stock in the Northwest region. Characterization includes regional differences, such as climate, building practices and fuel choices, plus home characteristics such as square footage, insulation level, heating, family size, income levels, lighting, appliances, water heating and more. Key findings are: LED adoption has soared to nearly a quarter
The 2017 Diesel Emission Reduction Act Grants have been announced. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency received a $650,000 grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency for their Puget Sound Harbor Vessel Engine Replacement Program. This program aims to reduce diesel emissions from up to eight vessels in the Puget Sound. In 2016, the Lummi tribe of the Lummi Reservation received a grant for $300,606 to replace six diesel engines
Solar Washington is holding a meeting at the Phinney Center in Seattle on Wednesday, March 7 from 6-8:15 p.m. Topics slated for discussion: Solar Washington Board President Dean Van Vleet will cover developments concerning the recent solar tariff, provide a Washington production incentive program update (including the application process), and give an overview of the new recycling program. Joni Bosh, Senior Policy Associate from the Northwest Energy Coalition, will give
In 2017, the Legislature created the Low-Income Home Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Program. Senate bill 5647 is funded at 5 million for the 2017-2019 biennium. This program tells the Department of Commerce to create a low-income home rehabilitation revolving loan program in rural areas of Washington state, defined as non-entitlement areas by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. This will let low-income families in rural areas receive a
Local and regional: Several weeks ago, Gov. Inslee announced details of his much awaited carbon tax proposal. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Carlyle and Rep. Fitzgibbon. A substitute version of the bill was released the first week in February. The initial tax bill imposes a $20 tax per ton of carbon dioxide on fossil fuels, including those that generate electricity, beginning in 2019. The substitute bill carbon tax begins
On Jan. 19, 2018, Gov. Jay Inslee signed the capital budget bill. This includes funding for the Clean Energy Funds 3 (CEF3) program. This program started in 2013 and was funded a second time in 2016. Clean Energy Fund grants enable a mix of projects. They support the development, demonstration and deployment of clean energy technologies. The projects save energy, reduce energy costs, reduce harmful air emissions and increase the
The legislature’s recent appropriation of $10 million in Matchmaker funds comes at a critical time. After a funding delay of six months, many local agencies that provide weatherization services have had to cut the number of homes served, have experienced delays in receiving matching utility funds, and were in danger of losing staff and contractors. Weatherization is a technical craft that requires time and resources to train staff and contractors.
Emissions Performance Standards (EPS) are state imposed rules to a limit the amount of carbon dioxide that each power station may emit into the atmosphere. We have been working with the Department of Ecology, Energy Facility Siting Evaluation Council and other stakeholders to develop the Emissions Performance Standards survey. We currently have a solid draft survey and number. We will be moving on to the CR102 process soon. Every five