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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Commerce’s Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants Program is moving

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

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Residential Building Stock Assessment II

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

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EPAs Clean Diesel Award Program

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

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Solar Washington General Meeting

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

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Low-Income Home Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Program

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

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Day 2 at Mobile World Congress features nearly non-stop networking meetings

Mobile World Congress is in full swing in Barcelona. Executives from Bank of America, FedEx, Amazon, Telefonica, accueweather, Microsoft, Sky and Barclays Bank were among those visiting our companies at the Choose Washington stand in the Hanse-Aerospace Pavilion today. Members of our delegation also had a full slate of meetings and networking events, including a government-sponsored panel with companies and investors from Spain. We’re excited for another day of creating

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