The Washington State Energy Office provides technical, analytical and policy support to the state on federal and regional energy policies and legislation. The office also manages federal and state energy grant programs. Staff reviews key energy issues, which include natural gas, alternative fuels, energy efficiency, renewable energy development, greenhouse gas emissions, energy supply and energy prices. In addition, we coordinate energy-related emergency response and preparedness for Washington state.

Washington state is working to reduce the state’s carbon pollution by making its energy system cleaner and more efficient. State Energy office work includes studying carbon reduction impacts of new policies and programs, support for greenhouse gas reduction policy work, and regional, national and international cooperative agreements to limit carbon pollution.

State Energy Office News

Legislative Session 2018

Special thanks to the members of Washington’s State Energy Office for their efforts this session! The 2018 session packed significant action into a short period. As a whole, the Department of Commerce set records for fiscal notes with 231 total requests. The Energy Division alone contributed 57 fiscal notes, coordinating fiscal & policy analyses on bills and z-drafts to match the session’s frenetic pace. The bills our team analyzed covered

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Weatherization, LIHEAP and State Energy Program funding in the Omnibus Bill

Three important energy-based programs saw an increase in federal spending in the fiscal year 2018 Omnibus spending bill that passed on March 23. Federal spending for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) grew $23 million to $251 million. WAP began in 1976. The Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) increased $250 million to $3.64 billion. LIHEAP began in 1981. https://thestateofpoverty.org/2018/03/26/in-case-you-missed-it-senate-passes-omnibus/ Together, they are critical to strengthening Washington communities by assisting

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Client Education is a Priority for the Weatherization Program

The Commerce Weatherization program has started work to standardize its client education material. In the past, each local agency developed their own client handouts. Sometimes there wasn’t enough information and sometimes the information was overwhelming. Now we will have a standardized resource book including brochures and internet links to help clients understand the importance of maintaining the work done by weatherization crews. Without solid, easy-to-understand information clients can’t obtain the

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NASCSP Celebrates Women

The National Association for State Community Services Programs is featuring Judy Darst in Women of Weatherization, a series of profiles for Women’s History Month. One of the most experienced people in Washington weatherization, Judy has worked both sides of the program as a weatherization field monitor and more recently in our office helping write policy. She started with the weatherization program in 2004 and has been going strong ever since.

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Big Swings in Electric Utility Conservation Targets

BY GLENN BLACKMON The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) requires that each utility with more than 25,000 customers conduct a new conservation potential study every two years, looking ahead at savings that are available and cost-effective in the upcoming 10-year period. These studies are used to set two-year targets. Utilities that fail to hit these targets are subject to monetary penalties. Electric utilities in Washington are reporting big swings in

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Energy OutWest

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.

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