The Use of Electricity and Biofuels to Fuel Local Government Vehicles

Commerce likes to take a collaborative approach to strengthening communities. The new rule regarding alternative fuel types in government vehicles is one such example, where we don’t have the authority or resources to enforce the rule. Using outreach and education, we’re asking local governments to self-report their vehicle purchases according to RCW 43.19.648. The law, amended in 2013, requires local governments to fuel publicly owned vehicles, vessels and construction equipment

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Visit to a Project at John Day Pool

Staff at the office, along with folks from Ecology, visited the Klickitat County PUD1 site for a closed-loop pump storage hydropower project at the John Day pool. This is being funded in part by the Clean Energy Fund through appropriations by the 2018 legislature. A closed loop system consists of two reservoirs at different elevations, and apart from a free flowing water source, such as a river. They have fewer

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US Department of Energy Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer awards have been announced for 2018 Phase 1, Release 2. Congratulations to the following grantees: Molecule Works, Inc., Richland WA (Concentration and Dewatering of micro-algae cultures with high throughput ceramic membranes.) Artesion, Inc., Federal Way WA (Development of an Environmentally acceptable Hydraulic Fluid.) Clearsign Combustion Corp., Seattle WA (Low Temperature Plasma Flame Stabilization in a

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Commerce to Manage State Efficiency and Environmental Performance Executive Order

On Jan. 16, 2018, Gov. Jay Inslee signed Executive Order 18-01, State Efficiency and Environmental Performance (SEEP), which aims to align the state’s day-to-day operations with its ambitious policy goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution. SEEP directs state agencies to identify and adopt cost-effective measures that reduce emissions, focusing on new facilities, existing facilities, ferries, electric vehicles, environmentally preferable purchasing, and finance. In addition, it sets up

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Weatherization Agency Staff Leads on New Technology

We are lucky to have a talented workforce of experienced building professionals running and managing our 24 local weatherization program around Washington state. One of these professionals is Charlie Rogers, property rehabilitation specialist with Homewise, at the City of Seattle Office of Housing. Charlie was recently profiled on the cover of “Accelerate America” magazine for his work on carbon dioxide heat pump water heaters, a new energy saving technology he’s

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U.S. Dept. of Energy Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer awards have been announced for 2018 Phase 2 Release 1. Congratulations to the following grantees: Olympic Research, Inc. of Port Townsend, WA (Controlled-Porosity Ceramic Materials for High Temperature Downhole Applications). Vista Clara Inc. of Mukilteo WA (Dynamic NMR Logging Technologies for High-Resolution Measurement of Hydrogeologic Properties and Soil Response). Congratulations also to ThorCon of Stevenson WA.

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Renewable and Conservation Project Review under I-937

The Energy Office provides advisory opinions on renewable or conservation projects to see if they meet the law requirements under the Energy Independence Act of 2006. Utilities and project developers can find out if a renewable or conservation project meets the targets by applying for a review. Currently there are six pending solar applications posted on our advisory page. Comments on these applications should be submitted by May 11, 2018.

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Welcome Hans Berg!

The Energy Division’s Energy Contracts and Programs (ECAP) Unit is pleased to announce that Hans Berg is joining us as the Energy Contracts Supervisor.  ECAP manages the Clean Energy Fund, the Solar and Energy Efficiency Grant Program and other energy related contracts. Hans joined Commerce’s Housing Improvements and Preservation (HIP) Unit in 2014. As HIP’s Weatherization Leverage Manager, Hans helped administer Weatherization programs with Bonneville Power Administration, Department of Energy, Health

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Building Bridges Out of Poverty

Our Washington State Weatherization Assistance Program staff are getting together in Phoenix the week of May 21 with their western states co-workers to learn the latest in weatherization and building science at the 2018 Energy OutWest conference. One thing you might not have expected them to talk about, though, is poverty – how it moves through generations, how it limits people’s choices and how we can better serve families in

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Washington State’s Vision for Energy System Transformation

In April, Commerce’s Director, Brian Bonlender spoke at the IEEE-Northwest Energy Systems Symposium. The following is our summary of his speech. He discussed the many changes occurring in the electric energy industry. In Washington, we have a vision for our energy future—choosing strong, progressive policies based on what makes sense for our state and regional energy systems, environment and the long-term sustainability of our economy. The changes shaping Washington’s electric

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