Snohomish PUD Groundbreaking for Arlington Microgrid

Bob Kirchmeier and others helped move the first dirt at the Snohomish PUD’s groundbreaking for the Arlington Microgrid and Clean Energy Technology Center Project. This is a Clean Energy Fund project which represents a new technology and approach offering grid resiliency and renewable energy integration. The project will include a 500-kilowatt solar array with smart inverters, a 1,000 kW/1,000 kWh lithium-ion battery storage system and several vehicle-to-grid charging stations for use

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New Staff in the Energy Division

The State Efficiency and Environmental Performance (SEEP) program is moving forward with the hiring of Hanna Waterstrat as Assistant Director of the program. Hanna has been the Staff Services Manager at the Department of Ecology for the last four years, where she led agency participation with the SEEP Executive Order and provided guidance on environmental performance, including oversight of greenhouse gas reporting for Ecology operations statewide. Hanna was sometimes referred

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What’s happening in the Energy Division for September 2018?

The Energy Research, Development and Demonstration Grants pre-application period is closed. Due to the large volume of applications, there will be a delay in notifications for Phase Two. The full application period will be delayed. Updates will be posted on the webpage. The Grid Modernization Program will be accepting concept applications starting Sept.17. A bidders conference call will be Sept. 19. You must submit an application to be considered for

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Orcas Power and Light Microgrid and Solar Array

This 504 kW community solar array has been installed in the San Juan Islands on Decatur Island and co-located with a recently modernized substation where the primary submarine cables from the mainland terminate. With assistance from a Clean Energy Fund grant, Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) will be procuring additional services and assets to be located at the Decatur Island Substation. It will include a 500 kW/2.0 MWh energy storage

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Notice of Funding Opportunity—CEF3 Solar Program

We will open the Solar Deployment Program grant application period next week. It will be open to Washington-based entities developing solar generating projects. The program has $1,552,000 in state funds and $2,328,000 from U.S. Department of Energy American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, which will be competitively awarded. Priorities will be given to: Distribution side projects Projects capable of generating at least 500 kilowatts of direct current generating capacity applicants

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New Staff in the Energy Division

Brooke Harris is our new Housing Improvements and Preservation Innovation and Program Development Manager. She has more than 20 years’ experience administering housing rehabilitation programs for local governments. Brooke developed a housing program for the city of San Ramon, California that won national recognition as a best practice model and a state award for promoting social equity and environmental justice. Brooke contracted with Neighborhood Works as a reviewer evaluating and

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Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants Funding

The Energy Division’s, Energy Contracts and Programs (ECAP) Unit anticipates opening the Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants application period by the end of August. The application period will be open for a minimum of six weeks. A bidder’s conference will be announced and held as a webinar. As we receive questions, we will publish and update a Frequently Asked Questions document.  For more information on the grants, please visit: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/growing-the-economy/energy/energy-efficiency-and-solar-grants/

Notice of Funding Opportunity—RD&D Program

Commerce has published a Notice of Funding Opportunity for eligible Energy Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) projects under the Clean Energy Fund program.  Applicant’s must be Washington-based entities seeking funds for clean energy projects. Initial applications are due on Aug. 31, 2018. All documents can be found on the Energy RD&D webpage at https://www.commerce.wa.gov/growing-the-economy/energy/clean-energy-fund/energy-rdd-clean-energy-fund/  

Geographic Eligibility of Renewable Resources under the Washington Renewable Portfolio Standard

Geographic Eligibility of Renewable Resources under the Washington Renewable Portfolio Standard

By Glenn Blackmon, Ph.D. Washington’s Energy Independence Act (EIA) requires that electric utilities over a certain size use renewable resources for a portion of the energy that they deliver to their retail customers. The EIA provides flexibility to utilities in the renewable resources that they can use to meet this requirement. However, like every other state renewable portfolio standard (RPS), the EIA also includes limitations on eligibility. Not just any

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Notice of Funding Opportunity for Clean Energy Fund RD&D Grants

The State Energy Office is accepting grant applications for the Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Program from Washington-based entities seeking funds for clean energy projects. Application period ends on Aug. 31, 2018. This program is part of the Clean Energy Fund 3 (CEF 3) and appears in Section 1013 of Substitute Senate Bill 6090 of the Capital Budget. In this program, $7,614,500 will be competitively awarded. Commerce consulted and coordinated

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