Leading the Way to a Clean Energy Future

We spend over $26 billion per year on energy: more than six percent of the state's economy.  Most of the money leaves our state to pay for oil and natural gas. Our energy priorities capitalize on our state's unique mix of innovation, free enterprise and green stewardship to make Washington State a leader in the clean energy economy. Shrinking our need for imported energy and increasing renewable energy development is an opportunity for jobs and economic growth.

Washington State Energy Office

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We review key energy issues, including natural gas, alternative fuels, energy efficiency, renewable energy development, greenhouse gas emissions, energy supply and prices. We work on energy benefits and state energy goals, providing energy policy support, analysis and information to the Governor, Legislature, Commerce and others.

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Weatherization

Weatherization Attic Insulation

Weatherization adds insulation, seals cracks and makes other changes which save you money, reduce heat loss and make your home or apartment healthier. Commerce, working with the federal government, offers weatherization programs for qualified low-income households.

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Clean Energy Fund

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The Clean Energy Fund supports development, demonstration and installation of clean energy technologies which save energy, reduce energy costs, reduce harmful emissions and increase energy independence for the state.

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Energy Emergencies

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We work hard to make sure energy shortages are controlled, reducing impacts on citizens, businesses, and the economy.
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Clean Tech Sector

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Washington's Clean Technology sector works with industries to provide technologies and related production processes that will improve their environmental and business performance.

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Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants

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In the 2015-2017 state Capital budget, Commerce received a $25,000,000 appropriation to continue the Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants program specifically for higher education, local governments, state agencies and K-12 public school districts.
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